Dave and I decided to take the day off on Friday and go up to the mountains in NC to hike a few trails and see the leaves changing. We wanted to hike Mount Pisgah at Pisgah National Forest. It was amazing!
I probably haven’t mentioned this before on the blog but I’m a “Live by the seat of your pants” kind of girl. I rarely make plans before setting out on a trip like this. I think this stems from not wanting to be let down if we don’t get to do everything on “the list”.
But since we were going up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and there isn’t always cell service I decided to put a few things on the list, but wasn’t set on any one thing except seeing the sunset.
We set out on our journey on Friday afternoon, a little bit later than expected but with plenty of time to hike. It’s normally a 2 to 2 1/2 hour trip from home to Asheville (which is where we normally get on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Little did we know we would get stuck in traffic in the mountains and it took us closer to 3 1/2 hours to get there. But I kept a positive attitude, as my goal for the day was that I wanted to see the sunset in the mountains., which we still had time for.
The Blue Ridge Parkway has these awesome lookout areas where you can pull off and park to take picture and bask in the glory of the mountains. I never get tired of seeing the fall colors in their glory and wanted to stop at every outlook. Not very productive when you want to hike! The parkway is great because you quickly build elevation on the road. When we first started out there were only a few trees changing (closer to Asheville) but as we went up toward Virginia, the colors became intense and it was such a beautiful ride.
We decided to stop at Mount Pisgah and do a trail there. The trail was amazing and we decided to go explore the trail that did not lead to the top of Mount Pisgah because it was really windy and the leaves had all changed at this elevation so when you do plan your trip make sure you go early enough before the leaves fall from the wind!
I’m so glad we choose the trail we did! We found this awesome tunnel of trees. This picture doesn’t do it justice! We walked aimlessly and ended up on the Laurel Mountain Trail. We decided to do the 1200 foot hike to the top of the summit in this trail and then turn around, as the sun was setting. Here is a map of the trail we ended up doing.
We ran the last half mile at the end to get this view – but it was worth it. Breathtaking! I highly recommend getting out to Mount Pisagh!
Hope everyone had a great weekend. If you’re looking for more amazing fall activities be sure to check out this post!
What about you?
- Did you do anything exciting this weekend?
- Do you love candied apples or caramel apples better?
- Do you get most excited to see the sunrise or sunset?