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Old 10-19-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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My husband and I want to take a day trip from Charlotte out to the mountains to check out the fall colors and take some pictures and have a picnic...we're not experienced hikers by any means so we're looking for recommendations on an easy place to get to.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:46 PM
 
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Just ride the Blue Ridge parkway, you will have many locations to choose from.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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We drove up to Indiana this past weekend, took took I-77 all the way up into VA, WV. The colors in VA were gorgeous. After the tunnel, not too much color.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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Blue Ridge Parkway.... I also love the town of Blowing Rock if you want some kind of direction to head in.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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Like everyone else, I'd recommend the Blue Ridge Parkway. Specifically, we usually head into Asheville and then take 276 into the forest till it hits the Parkway. If you search "Looking Glass Falls" in Google maps, you can see where I'm talking about. Then, you can go either direction for great views.

We hiked a short trail at Milepost 418 recently, the colors were just starting to change so I'm sure it's beautiful now! If you do the short loop there it's an easy hike (i.e., people doing it in casual shoes and with kids).

Along 276 there are many picnic spots, we stopped and ate there because it can be pretty windy and cold up along the actual parkway at this time of year.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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My husband and I want to take a day trip from Charlotte out to the mountains to check out the fall colors and take some pictures and have a picnic...we're not experienced hikers by any means so we're looking for recommendations on an easy place to get to.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Did you see my suggestion in this thread?

Mountain Day Trip Suggestions
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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We have been talking about a daytrip for several weeks. If we go on the weekend we will go north on I77 to 421 west to Wilkesboro, then north on either 16 or 18 to the blue ridge parkway. If we can get away during the week we may go to Blowing Rock, which is nice and cute and all but too crowded during Fall weekends.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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We have been talking about a daytrip for several weeks. If we go on the weekend we will go north on I77 to 421 west to Wilkesboro, then north on either 16 or 18 to the blue ridge parkway. If we can get away during the week we may go to Blowing Rock, which is nice and cute and all but too crowded during Fall weekends.

Love that ride up hwy 16 to the Parkway

Have you considered getting off 421 and taking 221 up to West Jefferson? Then you take hwy 221 all thru Ashe county and enjoy the many beautiful Christmas tree farms. This is truly a beautiful drive all the way to Sparta! And drive up into Mt. Jefferson State Park for a great overlook high above all the Christmas tree farms - really cool.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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How about Lake Lure and Chimney Rock?
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