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Mt. Mitchell Summit, 6,684 feet
Mt. Mitchell State Park
Yancey County, North Carolina

After driving by the NC route 128 intersection with the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 355.5) on several trips, Ruth Ann and I finally took time to stop returning from of our recent trip to Western North Carolina, principally to photograph waterfalls. Although it was a beautiful spring day, the restaurant and restrooms (like the restrooms along the Blue Ridge Parkway) were still "closed for the season" because we were traveling on April 30, a day before the season for travel, we learned. Even so, the roughly 10-mile round trip drive on NC 128 was very worthwhile, as the views from the top of Mt. Mitchell were wonderful. From the parking area at the end of NC 128, a 300-yard, moderately steep (but paved) path leads to the summit and the observation deck shown in the photo. Established in 1915, Mt. Mitchell State Park was the first North Carolina state park; according to an August 2016 piece in the Charlotte Observer, the park will add 2,755 additional acres to its 1,996 acres, when two adjacent tracts acquired by The Conservation Fund are sold to the state. Because Mt. Mitchell State Park is easily accessed from Blue Ridge Parkway, I include this photo in the BRP album and apply the Parkway tags.

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Tags:   north carolina nc mountains yancey county parks state parks mt mitchell state park national parks blue ridge parkway mountain views signs stonework blue sky-wispy clouds april 2019 april 2019 canon24-70/4L

N 52 B 1.9K C 12 E Jun 8, 2018 F May 17, 2019
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Boone Fork Creek, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, NC

There's a bit of ICM in this shot but not really noticeable. I like the cool shadowed tones offsetting the other colors.

Tags:   Boone Fork Creek Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina NC cascade stream creek water Dale King

N 19 B 488 C 2 E Aug 7, 2018 F Mar 23, 2019
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Taken from Chimney Top Rock
Red River Gorge

I have never seen fog quite like it was on this particular morning in the Red River Gorge. Combine that with the ever changing clouds along with the rising sun, and it was really a special morning.

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N 68 B 1.5K C 14 E Oct 18, 2016 F Sep 22, 2018
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Babcock Grist Mill in West Virginia is a popular but beautiful fall destination.

Tags:   explore photography New River Gorge Glad Creek Grist Mill state park travel D7200 17-55 Nikkor Nikon West Virginia waterfall fall Grist Mill Babcock State Park

N 179 B 4.9K C 9 E Oct 18, 2016 F Oct 10, 2018
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Fall color blankets the raid that leads you down in to the New River Gorge.

Tags:   backroads Nikon photography Color Explore Travel New River Gorge West Virginia 18-140 D7200 fall autumn


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