- Starting from Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway south to Mount Pisgah (elevation 5,721 feet), which is expected to peak any day now. This is a nice spot to picnic, or enjoy a meal at the Pisgah Inn Restaurant.
- Continue south along the parkway to the Looking Glass Rock Overlook for a splendid view of a unique rock formation. Just south of that you will find Graveyard Fields (elevation 5,120), a great spot to enjoy an autumn hike.
- Continue south to the Highest Point on the Parkway, at an elevation of 6,047 feet. Pull off at the Richland Balsam overlook there.
- Return to the parkway, and head north to return to Asheville.
Total driving distance is about 50 miles each way. You can also do a modified, shorter version of the drive by simply going as far as Graveyard Fields (40 miles each way) and returning or just hitting Mount Pisgah (30 miles each way).