Glade Creek Grist Mill & New River Gorge Bridge {Mountain Trip Day Three}

December 05, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
On the third day of my week long trip, three other ladies and I visited Babcock State Park in West Virginia.

As we traveled along the narrow winding roads, we all were hopeful that the trees would be full of color.


Turns out, time wasn't on our side and most of the trees were bare, but the creek and mill were still beautiful.

{Me at Glade Creek Grist Mill - thanks Judy for the picture!}

I took lots and lots of pictures at this park, but this is one of my favorites.


 

From the time we left Alabama, we were all keeping an eye out for a colorful tree on a hill for Shannon. We found an abundance of trees on hills, but none of them were "the one". Shannon's a lady who knows what she wants! Well we ended up taking a slight *accidental* detour on the way to our next stop and wouldn't you know we found Shannon's tree! I think we all agreed it was worth the wait. :)


We drove across the 3,030 feet long New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Just shortly after we arrived at the visitor center, we got our cameras ready to hike to the bottom of the bridge and it started to rain. Boo hoo! I would have loved to see first hand how enormous this bridge is from the river view but I was in no mood to hike in the rain. And it was a loooonng way down.

So we had to settle for a few shots from the overlook. The 18 wheelers look like tiny Hotwheels!


Since the rain was trying to put a damper on our day, we decided to break for lunch at Hawk's Nest State Park. The trees had lots of color left there. This is the only picture I got at Hawk's Nest other than the few I took with my cell phone inside the restaurant.


This was my view of the New River from our table.


 There were deer grazing on the hill below our window. Cool!!



The rest of our day was spent driving through misty rain. We stopped at Herns Mill Bridge near Lewisburg, West Virginia.


On a side note, Lewisburg, West Virginia was voted America's Coolest Small Town in 2010. 

We drove down many, many curvy roads. See below:


And we did a "drive by shoot" of this beautiful old barn. It looks like those cows have a happy home here!


We were on the road late that night and I did all the night driving during the trip. We rode through two long tunnels and I impressed myself with my driving skills on I77 and I81. My daddy is so proud!! :) I'm so thankful we didn't hit a deer! It seems like they were dozens per mile laying on the sides of the interstates.

{One of the cool tunnels I drove through. Please forgive the poor quality, it was taken with my cell phone and it's pretty crappy.}

And here's a few more cell phone pics of our hotel lobby and hallway. Almost everything was green!



Tomorrow I'll share pictures from our drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

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