setagate wrote in post #18624907
I live in south Florida and would like to take trip for landscape photos in areas with beautiful foliage colors next October.
I would prefer to avoid crowds as much as possible and I’d like to make up my mind where I want to stay when I’m there and can view the actual conditions at that time, not a few months earlier.
I would be very interested any suggestions for other scenic areas in the Southeast that might not be well-known or crowded.
Picture North Carolina wrote in post #18640806
Blue Ridge Parkway. 469 miles, not one stop sign or traffic light. starts in VA ends in NC. Spectacular color - why its called "America's Favorite Drive." Can be unbelievably spectacular. Colors, waterfalls, hikes, totally worth it.
I agree with PNC - the Blue Ridge Parkway is awesome! . And it seems like it would fit your preferred method of travel - where you wait until you see things to decide where to spend more time and where to spend less time. . The Parkway passes by some big towns like Asheville, NC, as well as many smaller towns ....... so there are many different places to look for lodging and meals along the way, without having to drive more than an hour from the Parkway itself.
setagate wrote in post #18624976
I was thinking of driving or flying to some place maybe in the Carolinas, Tennessee or Alabama.
West Virginia may be further than you want to go, but if you're open to going that far, there are many really spectacular areas that are definitely on roads less traveled. The New River Gorge sprawls over many miles and is fantastic, especially in the fall.
Specific areas in the Gorge that are well worth visiting are:
The historic town/ruins of Thurmond and Glen Jean - read the history, it's fascinating!
Babcock State Park - the mill is a famous photographic subject, but the surrounding woods are spectacular in their own right
Sandstone Falls - the falls are huge and forceful, and you can hike out onto islands that are right in the middle of them
McKendree Road, a little gravel road that parallels the river through some of the most rugged parts of the canyon. If you want "less crowded', this will surely please you.
Also in West Virginia is the Dolly Sods Natural Area / Wilderness. . It is an alpine area with unique vegetation and climate dynamics.
The South Branch of the Potomac River flows north from central WV to northern WV, where it forms the main stem of the Potomac. A route paralleling the South Branch for a hundred miles or so, especially toward its upstream end, will take you through some unique and beautiful country.
There're a lot more autumn opportunities in WV, and none of them will be crowded - if you're interested, just ask me for more places and more details.
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