Well, another fall trip is in the books. If you remember, I made this trip alone last year. Well, this year my daughter started 10th grade and is attending Florida Virtual School, so I was able to take her with me and I was excited to show her some of the places I saw last year. We stationed ourselves in Pigeon Forge, but drove just under 850 miles and visited three states! Besides Tennessee, we spent a good amount of time in North Carolina and even briefly passed through South Carolina to access a waterfall! South Carolina was an 8 mile drive where we had to cross into the state and then back up to North Carolina to access Whitewater Falls. I'm so glad I added this waterfall to our itinerary, as it turned out to be our favorite one. We were also all over the Smoky Mountains. We drove through the Cherokee National Forest on the western side, the Pisgah National Forest on the eastern side and of course, the beautiful drive north and south via US 441 and Newfound Gap Road.
We landed early enough on Monday to enable us to do a few things that day. From the airpot, we drove through Townsend on our way to Pigeon Forge and stopped off at the Quilt Barn.
After we got settled in our hotel, we took off to Cosby, TN and visited Carvers Apple Orchard and Restaurant. There we visited their produce store and picked up a bag of apples for our stay. They are a family owned orchard sitting on 75 acres. they have over 40,000 trees and over 126 varieties of apples! At dinner, they served us fresh pressed apple cider along with their delicious apple fritters and homemake apple butter!
On the way back, we drove the Foothills Parkway East. This is a 5.5 mile section of the parkway passing along the ridge over a lower section of Stone Mountain. While we were there last week, fall color was past peak in the higher elevations, just about full peak in the middle elevations and color was still fairly green in the lower elevations.
This is post number 1 of 4 (the least interesting one). The link to all of the photo galleries will be included in the 4th blog post coming out this week. I'm sure some of you will be able to navigate to my website and fast forward through the galleries. However, I enjoy telling my stories and of course, trips never go as planned. More to come...