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Drovers Road Scenic Highway

47.0 miles: 1 hours, 35 minutes

Awe-inspiring panoramic vistas embrace the traveler on Drovers Road Scenic Highway through Hickory Nut Gorge and the southern Appalachian Mountains. You’ll pass through the resort communities of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure before tackling narrow mountain gaps and hairpin turns on the way to Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Slow down and enjoy the views on this twisting drive through the mountains—it’s particularly scenic in fall during peak foliage season. Highlights of your journey include Lake Lure, a charming town whose centerpiece is the man-made lake of the same name, as well as cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, granite domes and the 500-million-year-old Chimney Rock monolith.


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