Did you know it’s possible to drive 621 miles from Front Royal, Virginia to Townsend, Tennessee without ever leaving a national park property? The Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are connected in a way just begging for the ultimate road trip through the southern Appalachian Mountains. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for that epic road trip with stunning displays of fall colors, exciting destinations, and beautiful scenic views.
This road trip is designed to help you enjoy the spectacle of the fall colors through these three national parks. While driving this route you will pass lots of local attractions and towns that would make a great stop but maybe just not this time of year. If you were to try to do everything along this route it would take you until the next autumn to finish it!