Blue Ridge Mountains

This trip is a really exciting prospect. The Blue Ridge Mountains are indescribably beautiful and offer such a wide variety of landscapes and photographic opportunities we will be hard pressed to fit it all in! To help make the trip ‘do-able’ we will be travelling along just under 400 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Parkway itself is a great ‘ride’ as it mostly runs right along the top of the ridge. Consequently the views are endless and there are ‘overlooks’ every few miles where we can stop and break our journey and simply take photos from the overlook or from the trails that run away from them.

The trip is timed for Autumn so that we will be able to capture the beautiful Autumn colour and hopefully get some nice misty mornings too!

You will often see range after range of blue mountains cascading away into the distance and from the top of Mount Mitchell and Grandfather mountain they are seemingly endless. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi river at 6684 feet and is closely followed by Grandfather Mountain. Thankfully we can drive to the top of both of them and then there are trails from both of them that provide additional photographic opportunities.

We will have plenty of opportunity to photograph rivers, lakes and waterfalls and there are also historic and scenic buildings along the way such as Mabry Mill and the spectacular Linville Viaduct.

We will be staying at lodges and hotels along the parkway all of which offer very comfortable quality accommodation.

Provisional Itinerary
Day 1 Charlotte to Mount Mitchell at the North Carolina end of the parkway
Days 2-8 will be a steady drive along the parkway taking in photo locations at
Mount Mitchell
Craggy Gardens
LIttle Switzerland
Blowing Rock
Linville Falls
Linville Viaduct
Grandfather Mountain
Roanoake valley and ridge
The Devil's Backbone
Mabry Mill
Peaks of Otter - including sharp top mountain and the lake
Thunder Ridge
Humpack Gap
and also stopping at various suitable 'overlooks' along the way
This will give us 7 full days of photography
Days 9-10 will be a steady drive back to Charlotte to get our flights.

What’s included:
Guiding to all the best locations enabling you to be in the right place at the right time.
All tuition
All accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
Collection from and return to Charlotte International airport and then all transport during the trip (N.B. I receive no remuneration for the driving I provide during this trip, it is provied entirely gratis and is not part of my costings for the trip).

What’s excluded:
Lunchtime and evening Meals. These will be available either at our accommodation or at local restaurants / inns/ service stations etc.
Flights. You should be able to secure a return flight to Charlotte International Airport for between £600 - 700 from Heathrow.
Please liaise with me by email regarding suggested flight times before making your booking.

Dates and Cost

Oct 21st - 31st 2019

Price to follow as trip is currently being costed, but 2017 price was £1,750. I will be replacing one of the hotels we used as I was not happy with it, so that may increase the cost slightly.

To Book - email cheryl to secure a pre booked place - £200 'holding fee' payable.

Contact Cheryl hello@cherylhamer.com

or Tel: 07837014534