The day starts at 9 in the morning at Biltmore Park Town Square. Because this is a self driving tour, guests will be given directions and will also follow behind Josh Aron in a caravan style line to the destination. While driving along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, frequent stops will be made for the purpose of giving lessons about the area. Those lessons include how to take wonderful snapshots, and getting the full use of your cameras at certain overlooks. Pictures can be taken of all scenery such as the mountains and other various landscapes in the area.
After the photography lessons comes a hike that can either be two to eight miles long. This hike is off the parkway. Afterward, everyone will break for a snack that is included in the tour. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch because that is not provided. Everyone will eat at Black Balsam Knob. This happens to be the second highest mountain in the Balsam Mountains elevated at 6,200 feet. If there is more time, guests can go to the top of the mountain to Graveyard Falls for a quick swim or Art Loeb Trails.
The tour is six hours long with some hiking involved. It is a good idea to wear some very comfortable shoes. Book your reservation now for this wonderful nature get away.
Your photography tour begins in Asheville where you'll meet your tour guide, Josh Aron, who is a local nature photographer. Your will be provided with driving directions and follow your guide caravan-style along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. As you drive along this scenic route you'll make several stops along the way at overlooks where you're lessons will commence.
You'll learn how to compose and expose breathtaking photos with your digital or film camera of the mountains and surrounding scenery. Enjoy a 2- to 8-mile hike off the parkway where you'll break for a snack. You may wish to bring a lunch to eat at Black Balsam Knob, the second highest elevation in the Great Balsam Mountains at over 6,200 Feet.
Depending on time, your tour can continue to the top of the mountains following the Art Loeb trail or 2 miles down the road to Grave Yard Falls. If you bring a swimsuit you can even jump in for a quick swim.
Please note: access to the Blue Ridge Parkway is seasonal and closures may happen based upon weather conditions. If your tour is canceled due to a closure, you will be given the option to reschedule or refund.
Pickup & Return:
Departure Times: 9:00am
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Professional photographer guide
- Self-drive tour
Does not include:
- Transportation (this is a self-drive tour)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended
- Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund