Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains

When I started this blog, my focus was on travel.  Not that I travel extensively but there are so many unknown beautiful places to go within a few hundred miles of where I live.  I have since veered from that topic to other topics.  Today I'm going back to the travel idea.

My husband works for an agency called Advantage West.  In that position, he basically markets the area as an economic developer to locate jobs in the western 23 counties of North Carolina.  As a result he spends time in one of the most beautiful areas of North Carolina.  Soooo, he wanted to take me one section of this part of NC.  We visited the southwestern four counties in North Carolina, Clay, Graham, Cherokee and Swain. We had driven through the area but never really stopped and spent anytime there.

First stop-Franklin, NC

PUMPKINFEST was going on with a costume contest and a pumpkin roll.  Even without the festival, there are many stores and other things to explore in this little town. Hiking, rafting, and biking are major activities in this area.  Art and craft galleries are major attractions in Franklin. There is even a river walk.

A drive through the mountains took us to our next stop on our tour of Southwestern North Carolina.


Oh, first, we drove around beautiful Chatuge Lake and drove into Northern Georgia.

Hayesville, NC
Next town stop-  Hayesville, NC in Clay County  It was late in the day by the time we got there so there wasn't much going on but we enjoyed our walk around this cute little town.  The Nantahala National Forest takes up much of Clay County.  It is quite beautiful.  I'm going to continue this for another post.  There are so many good pictures to share.