Blue Ridge Mountains – Virginia

April 9-13, 2013

On our way to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, we stopped for a few days in Tennessee at the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.  Our campsite was right on the swift Nolichucky River.  The campground is located where the river turns a corner and creates rapids in this section.  So we got to listen to the wonderful sound of water rushing over rocks.

P1150215 hiking the Nolichucky RiverIMG_3139 Lucy in window at Davy Crockett Birthplace Campground, TN

Even though the trees are still bare, the ground has turned green.  I liked hiking along trails made of grass.  Spotted many beautiful birds and even saw a turtle with a baby turtle on her back.  We met some nice people in the campground and were invited over to sit around their campfires and make s’mores each night.

IMG_3162 grass trails next to Nolichucky RiverTurtles

We have been driving the state roads when we can.  They are more scenic than the Interstates.  I’m leary of getting too far off the beaten track because our rig is so big.  The state roads work well for us, particularly the scenic highways.

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We camped at Stoney Creek Resort so we could be close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.  Our campsite was on a peaceful lake and it was so serene.  It was a personal revelation to me to learn that I enjoy the serenity of the lake over the roar of the rapids at our last campsite.  I liked listening to the birds singing and all the other sounds of silence.

P1150243 Stoney Creek Resort campsite, VirginiaP1150261 me and Mike at Stoney Creek campsite fireIMG_1561 Mike and Lucy lovefestIMG_1497 ducks at Stoney Creek

We took car drives each day along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  Breathtaking views around every turn.  We even stopped for a couple of hikes.  One hike was classified as “moderately easy”.  They lied.  It was a couple of miles twisting and turning down the steep mountainside.  Our reward was an 85-foot waterfall which was great, but then we had to get back UP the mountain.  We were really feeling that one the next day.

IMG_1528 Rock Point OverlookIMG_1517 Greenstone TrailIMG_3222

IMG_1536 Old Logging Railroad trail

3 thoughts on “Blue Ridge Mountains – Virginia

    • We chose it because it was Passport America which saves money. It is a bit out of the way, but the little lake is pretty and everyone was very friendly. Appeared that most of the people knew each other. Also we ended up paying extra to be right on the lake but we liked it. Also, Passport Am is not valid on Fri or Sat night.

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