Monday, October 6, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Fall Foliage

I love the mid-Atlantic region during every season of each year. As summer comes to a close, I am a bit sad that the window of opportunity for hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing is coming to a close.  I feel a rush to cram in as much outdoor activity as possible, before the snow flies.  And yet, the gorgeous color palette of autumn in this area more than makes up for having to put shoes back on my feet.

I am a little far-reaching in what I consider the mid-Atlantic. Therefore, from as far north as the Adirondacks in New York, as far west Central West Virginia, as far south as the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, and everywhere in between the fall foliage viewing reigns supreme.  

Let me try to show you why I believe this.

Blue Heron photograph by Nancy Rotenberg

Adirondack Park, New York --  The Adirondack Park was established in 1892 in New York and is the largest park in the lower 48 states.  I have spent some time in the Adirondacks during one summer (July) and it was a wonderful experience.  I dream of returning during the autumn. I would love to sit lakeside, in the peaceful setting, and watch the autumn colors of the Adirondack Mountains dancing on the smooth lake water.

Gauley River Photograph by Raymond Gehman
Fayette, West Virginia -- West Virginia is a magical state in regards to flora and fauna.  I have made many Sunday drives through portions of the state but I haven't seen half as much as I have wanted to.  I want to spend a length of time in Central West Virginia.  It turns out that my oldest son beat me to it.  Through work, he went to the Fayette area and rafted the white water of the Gauley River.  The rafting adventure was amazing and he encourages me to go.  I will at some point. Can you imagine seeing the fall foliage from rafts in the river? Breath-taking.  If you look closely, you can see the shapes of the rafts in the photograph.  



Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC photograph by Panoramic Images
Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia and North Carolina) -- I've driven down a good portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We went at a leisurely pace and stopped at many of the over overlooks just to look and breathe.  Again, I went during the summer or late summer months.  I intend on making the drive again, with some overnight stops, during the autumn.  I can't even imagine the blues of the mountains (for which they were named) in combination with the firey colors of falling leaves.  I want to drive every mile of the 469 mile mountain top miracle. 

The beauty of the mid-Atlantic is that I don't have to drive that far to find beauty.  I can find it within minutes of my own home.  


Written by Dawn Rae
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5 comments:

  1. Fall is definitely a great time of the year to take to the highways and discover the beauty right outside our car windows. Or, get out of the car and take a hike! I love just driving around and seeing all of the beautiful fall foliage. I know I would love visiting Adirondack Park, New York, rafting in Fayette, West Virginia as well as driving Blue Ridge Parkway. They all sound so lovely and like great outdoor adventures for the fall.

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  2. I love being outdoors in the autumn. I agree with you it feels like I must cram in everything before the winter. I love the crisp, cool days and the beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing fall in your area.

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  3. So lovely to read about Autumn-time in the Mid-Atlantic. Growing up in the Finger Lakes Region (and Rochester) in New York State, I am familiar with Adirondack Park. In fact we spent two summer vacations there when I was a child. And over the years I have driven many miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is truly gorgeous. But none in the Fall when the colors of the foliage are their most brilliant. A definite MUST DO some day.

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  4. You remind me how much I miss the colors of fall in Ohio. However, I do not miss the colors of winter, so I'll stay put here in tropical Florida, for a while longer.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful. I'm taking a break right now to enjoy the outdoors. Fall is the prettiest season isn't it; the photos here are lovely - the Blue Ridge Parkway photo is awesome

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