Road Trip: Fall Colors Through Three National Parks in the Southeast

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Jason Barnette


October 4, 2017

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!

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  1. Love, love, love this info packed post! I think visiting our US National Parks is one of the best things you can do and this is the perfect fall roadtrip. Shenandoah is amazing, and fall is a great time to visit. If time allowed, I’d plan for a couple days there to add some hiking in. It’s good to stretch your legs from riding! They are also very dog friendly so the whole family can come along. Cherokee is such a cool town, I have many childhood memories there. We vacationed in the Smokies every year when I was growing up. I definitely need to check out the beerworks trail! We did the Brew Ridge Trail near Charlottesville a few years ago and it was amazing. Happy and safe travels my friend and I look forward to reading more!

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