Treffen 2017The Appalachian Region is located in an area with many wonderful driving roads, and frequently organizes tours through them. Here are some drives we've taken during recent Region events. Select a blue "details" to see the driving directions, which you can print or download. If you have a favorite, please send the information for it to website@aprpca.org.

A good source for touring maps of the area is http://www.americaridesmaps.com/.

Treffen Asheville Tours – These are the turn-by-turn directions for the tours we developed for Treffen Asheville. All begin at the Asheville Outlet Mall, 800 Brevard Road, end at the Grove Park Inn, and have an interesting destination. If you are staying at the GPI, we've included driections to the Mall. (Go to a photo gallery of Treffen Asheville.)

  • Directions to the tour assumbly area from the Grove Park Inn (not really a tour, but included for those attending Treffen) – details…
  • Cradle of Forrestry, 1.5 hours out, 1.25 hours return – details…
  • Lake Lure, 40 minutes out, 2.5 hours return – details… 
  • Penland School of Crafts, 2.5 hours out, 1.5 hours return – details… 
  • Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), 2 hours each way – details…
  • Tail of the Dragon (the only difference between the two is the location for lunch) – route 1 details…route 2 details…
  • Tryon Equestrian Center – details…
  • Wheels Through Time, 2.5 hours out, 45 minutes return – details…

Appalachian Adventure 2016 Tours – We developed these for the Adventure. All begin at the Fontana Village Resort (link). Driving directions to the Resort.
From I40 take exit 27 to for Highway 74 (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway). Stay on Highway 74 past Clyde and Sylva. Eight miles past Bryson City turn right onto Highway 28. Continue on Hwy 28 for 25 miles, then turn left onto Woods Road.

  • Tail of the Dragon, 1.5 hours – details…
  • Deep Creek Waterfalls, 2 hours – details…
  • Cherohala Skyway, 3.5 hours – details…
  • Maple Springs Observation Point, Natahala River Gorge, 2.5 hours – details…
  • Franklin Museum and Gem Mine, 3 hours – details…
  • Fontana, Santeetlah, and Cheoah Dams, 1.5 hours – details…
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, 1.75 hours – details…

April 1, 2017, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), 2 hours each way – details…

October 8, 2016 Leaf Tour to the Craggy Gardens picnic area – details…

May 7, 2016 Drive and Dine to Red Bridges BBQ, Shelby - details…

April 2nd 2016 Dine and Drive to Waynesville via Hot Springs - details ...

October 2015 Dine and Drive - Fall Color Tour - details ...

July 2015 Dine and Drive - Burntshirt Vineyard - details ...

June 2015 Dine and Drive - Waterfall Tour: Franklin to Dupont State Park - details ...

May 2015 Dine and Drive - Black Mountain loop -detials ...

April 2015 Dine and Drive - UNC Asheville to Hot Springs - details ...

October 2014 Dine and Drive - Waynesville Inn in Waynesville to Marco Trattoria, Brevard - details…

July 2014 Dine and Drive - UNC Asheville to General Morgan Inn, Greeneville, TN - details ...

June 2014 Dine and Drive - Hendersonville Road to Blue Ridge Sports Cars in Forest City - details ...