31 Days of October, Day 28

Yesterday I shared the beginning of our journey home from Blacksburg over the weekend (see 31 Days of October, Day 27), and left off at Paint Bank on Rt. 311 in western Craig County. Heading north, we then turned onto Rt. 194 to Covington as we continued northeast toward Augusta County.

In Alleghany County outside Covington we passed Humpback Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Virginia (see 159-year-old Humpback Bridge in Alleghany County survives another flood).

Leaves in Covington and logging trucks heading to the pulp plant that keeps this town alive.
By the time we reached Falling Spring Falls on Rt. 220 north of Covington, fog was setting in and the rain was picking up. The falls were at full speed after all the rain we’ve had — just about the prettiest I’ve ever seen them. Often in October there’s not much water going over so this was quite a show.

Then on to the Homestead, one of my favorite places to be, where we stopped for a bit before continuing home.

Then north on Rt. 220 through Bath County to Highland County. Color was spotty along this route — bright in some areas, dull and finished in others.

Color in western Highland was finished — Hightown, Blue Grass Valley, Mill Gap — leaves were done and many if not most of the trees were bare. It already looked like winter.

Eastern Highland County

Top of Shenandoah Mountain on the Augusta-Highland County line.

Descending Shenandoah Mountain on Rt. 250 into Augusta County where autumn color was putting on a nice show.

As we approached home a dark cloud hung over the Appalachians in western Augusta.

We had traveled from Blacksburg to Staunton, and passed through Montgomery, Giles, Craig, Alleghany, Bath, Highland, and Augusta counties. We had seen color at its peak and areas where peak was gone. All in all, it was a wonderfully scenic drive that showcased the best of western Virginia.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell

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