Backpacking In The Jefferson National Forest
My daughter, April & I spent 3 days
in the Jefferson National Forest in
central Virginia last weekend. We
did the Cornelius Creek / Apple
Orchard Falls loop and threw in a
side trip to Apple Orchard Mountain
@ 4,225 ft. above sea level.
Although the falls were not flowing
due to minor drought like
conditions, it was still an awesome
200' waterfall considering the
region. The amazing feature of
Apple Orchard Mountain is not the
fact that the Appalachian Trail
crosses this open grassy bald, or
that this mountain has the most
prominence than any other
mountain in Virginia at 2,835 ft., but
the fact there is an FAA radar sight
located on the summit.  I don't think
we could have asked for any better
weather than what we encountered
those 3 days. The highs during the
day only got up to the upper 60's while the nights were very mild and comfortable with Saturday night getting down in the
low 40's. We hit the leaf season a little too early but I had counted on that. I had initially planned to make this trip during the
last weekend in this month but another engagement came up causing us to switch plans for an earlier weekend.

All in all, we manged a little fall color, good company and some awesome food.