Summer’s warm nights and clear skies make now the perfect time to star gaze. The rural areas surrounding Asheville and the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway are ideal spots to escape the city lights and admire the heavens.
- Craggy Gardens picnic area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 364.4. Lots of parking and picnic tables make this a family-friendly spot.
- Mount Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 407.0. This peak boasts an elevation of 5721 feet, ensuring a dark sky free from light pollution.
- Milepost 377.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway that turns onto NC 694. This road will take you to Town Mountain Road, which overlooks downtown Asheville. Enjoy a double treat—views of Asheville’s skyline and starry skies.
- Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 408.7. Pull into the parking lot of this charming inn located at 5,000 feet.
Looks for these star formations in the summer:
- Aquila, the eagle, featuring the star Altair
- Cygnus, the swan, featuring the star Albireo
- Lyra, the harp, featuring the star Vega
- Sagittarius, the archer, featuring the star Nunki
- Scorpius, the scorpion, featuring the star Antares