Just over five years ago we relocated from our home state of Louisiana to a beautiful mountain county tucked away in the far southwest corner of the state of Virginia. There are so many reasons to love this small rural area; stunning scenery, friendly people, lots of outdoor activity such as hiking, biking, and kayaking, moderate temperatures, my list goes on and on. One of our favorite things about where we live is that we experience all four seasons. We have snow in the winter, but not too much. Spring is delightful and then summer rolls in and it does get hot but not for too long. And before you know it, Autumn arrives in all her magnificent and vibrant glory.
Fall is absolutely stunning here. I get so excited at the first sign of leaves turning from green to red, yellow, or orange. Once the first of the changes are spotted it accelerates quickly. One minute the mountains are all green, the next they have exploded in all the warm golden hues of Fall. The peak of the colorful Fall leaves typically happens mid-October in our region.
Naturally, this is a favorite time of year for hiking in the mountains. The entire mountain province becomes saturated with visitors eager to take in the beauty found here during Autumn. Temperatures are typically mild which makes exploring the mountains downright pleasant.
Fall festivals can be found at mountain towns almost every weekend as harvest season is celebrated. The homemade crafts found at these festivals are quite stunning. A few of my favorites are brooms that are strung by hand, items that are hand carved from hardwoods such as bowls, utensils, and rocking chairs, hand woven scarves and garments, and so much more!
All of the photos that I have taken and shared here are from High Knob mountain. The photo below was taken from Flag Rock which over looks the small town of Norton, Virginia. There are numerous places to hike on High Knob and so many great views!
Next Fall I plan to go ziplining in the mountains around Asheville, North Carolina. We have spent lots of time in Asheville, visiting Biltmore Estates, white water rafting, and I even took paddle boarding lessons there on the French Broad river. It is easy to find something fun to do there. As you can see, this Hungry Dietitian is hungry for so much more than nutritious and delicious food, I’m also hungry for a little beauty and adventure!
As you make vacation plans for next year, consider the mountain regions of southwest Virginia, East Tennessee, or the northern portions of North Carolina during Autumn. You’ll want to visit while the leaves are changing. I promise you won’t be disappointed!