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.