With only three weeks left before we leave North Carolina, we are starting to run out of time. North Carolina is one of the few states that feature both beaches and mountains and we haven’t really spent any time in the mountains. So it was time to rectify that!
The Blue Ridge Mountains are about 2.5 hours west of Durham. We started the trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The whole parkway runs 469 miles from Virginia to Great Smokey Mountain National Park and is considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the country. We only went about 30 miles, but it was as good as advertised. They don’t allow anything commercial, so no gas stations, restaurants, billboards, etc. Just cool mountain views.
We visited two waterfalls on Saturday – Cascade Falls and Linville Falls. Linville Falls was really cool. Unfortunately Sophie and Sawyer were pretty wiped out, so we couldn’t hike around as much as we wanted.
We decided it was time to head to the campground and call it a day. Beth and I have always enjoyed tent camping. Like everything else, having kids has certainly changed the experience. But Sophie and Sawyer both do really well, so we like to still try and camp whenever we can.
Sunday we woke up and headed to a park called Grandfather Mountain. It has the highest peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the highest suspension bridge in the country. They also had a nature museum with bears, otters, and other animals to see. The view from the top was awesome!