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.
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.
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.
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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