The day started with a visit to the Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Mount Jefferson is located in Ashe County in West Jefferson, NC and reaches an elevation 4,665 feet. It rises more than 1600 feet above the surrounding towns and from it's peak you can actually see the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, and the peaks in Tennessee. Breath Taking!
Below is the inside of the church and the basement that displays this beautiful artwork.
From here we drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic road that runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and connects to the Sky Line Drive in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The parkway runs for over 469 miles, and offers scenic views, hiking and cycling. No - we did not drive the 469 miles - just a short trip where I was able to capture a few pictures.
The pictures below were taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway......and the other two were taken in Laurel Springs, NC, where we stopped for lunch before heading back to the cabins. Freeborn's Eatery and Lodging is located right near one of the exits off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is a favorite stop for bikers traveling through the area. Friendly place to stop and very good food. Across from the restaurant was this little white building that said Jail and Wedding Chapel! Love it!
Bob and Karen showed us around the town of Jefferson and then we headed for home. It was a very fun day, and a very educational day. So glad we decided to stop here. Definitely a place we will always remember.