Driving NC’s Mountain Roads

Mountain Views from Switzerland Inn, NC
Mountain Views from front lawn at The Switzerland Inn, NC

A crisp chill is in the air and the early mornings are usually frosty, but now is a great time to see the unfiltered views from The Diamondback (NC226A) and the Blue Ridge Parkway. With the leaves mostly on the ground, the panoramic sweeps of mountain ranges and NC valley communities is at its best.

It is not too late to enjoy a warm afternoon ride through the twists and turns of North Carolina’s western mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. From Marion, NC take 226A, what we call The Diamondback, to the Parkway entrance near Switzerland Inn (MP 334). You can travel 226 but it is under construction as they smooth out the curves and inclines. Luckily 226A is keeping its banking hairpin curves and switchbacks.

Right off the Parkway entrance ramp is the Switzerland Inn, Chalet Restaurant and Fowl Play Pub. They are closed until April 2011 but it is a great place to remember for your 2011 family vacation or a romantic weekday getaway. Reservations are available online and their business office is open M, W, F from 9 to noon.

Diamondback Route is Open Year-round

The Switzerland Inn & Chalet Restaurant are closed for the 2010 season but the Diamondback (226A) is always open.

Now that the leaves have fallen, the views are more expansive than ever. It is a great time to enjoy the misty mountain ranges that give the Blue Ridge its name. The Diamondback and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina are a great ride on a sunny late-fall afternoon.

It was a great season at the Inn, Chalet Restaurant and Fowl Play Pub. The InnĀ  will open next year on Wednesday April 20th, before Easter weekend.