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An October Drive Through West Virginia

Glade Creek Mill
Kanawha Falls
Falling Off The Mountain
CSX Bridge at Hawks Nest
Hydro Dam on New River
Glade Creek Mill
Glade Creek Mill
Glade Creek Mill From a Distance
Amtrak Station at Prince, West Virginia

It was a bright October day in West Virginia as I left Huntington for a drive through the mountains.

The first stop was a view of Kanawha Falls at Glenn Ferris. A roadside park provides an excellent view of the falls and the old power station.

Leaving there and just up the road was Gauley Bridge where I found a nice waterfall to photograph. The falls are just east of town and are tucked back into the hills near the railroad crossing.

After that it was up Gauley Mountain to Hawks Nest State Park and a view of the New River. There are several spots to see the river, I chose the one behind the lodge. They also have a tram that can take you down to the river. Their restaurant is a nice place for lunch.

A few miles to the east is Babcock State Park, the home of the Glade Creek Grist Mill. The mill is probably the most photographed place in West Virginia. The colors were beautiful as I walked a little way down stream. The park office and gift store are located there also.

Driving down the mountains to the New River I found the Amtrak Station at Prince. The station was the pride of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad when it opened in the late 40's.

It was a pleasant drive and a lot of photos were taken. I can't wait for next fall to see what nature brings.

8 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 Dec 2011):

    A wonderful essay, made me feel like I was along for the ride! Your photos are absolutely beautiful!!

  • Cicely Graham

    Cicely Graham (Deleted) gave props (30 Dec 2011):

    This story is sooooo gorgeous, Fred! All those photos have such clarity and an air of reality that I could almost smell the air and hear the water like I was really there with you. I wish I'd seen it sooner, so thanks heaps for bringing it to my attention because I'd not have missed it for anything :-)

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (30 Dec 2011):

    Absolutely 'ditto' on Susan and Cicelys comments.

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (30 Dec 2011):

    Great essay and awesome pictures Fred !!! You Rock !!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (31 Dec 2011):

    Wonderful essay, Fred and the pictures are well presented to support the story..You have my vote!

  • William Garvey

    William Garvey gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    What a nice story and photos. Thank you for sharing.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (21 Nov 2012):

    You must re-drive that route in spring! This is your finest work & a terrific essay. I LOVE it, Fred!

  • Susan Persons

    Susan Persons gave props (6 Mar 2015):

    I don't believe anyone could do a better job of photographing WV. I wonder why you don't do this professionally.

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