An October Drive Through West Virginia
By Fred Moskey
29 Dec 2011
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.