Showing posts with label scenic overlook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label scenic overlook. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Cheaha Mountain State Park, AL

Is there a road up to 2413', the highest point in Alabama? Yes, we drove up Cheaha Mountain in Alabama today. The road up is a very scenic drive, there are several scenic overlooks up and down the mountain road, great spots for photos. Plus there's an old observation tower to explore at the top of Cheaha Mt.

Mount Cheaha gets it's Muskegon Language name from the Creek Indians more than two hundred years ago, it means high place. It is actually part of the Talladega Mountains at the southern end of the Appalachians.



If you would rather hike up Mount Cheaha, there is a nice trail, here is the trailhead.


The start of the hiking trail is A path of custom tiles with all different kinds of footprints on them.



The hiking trail up Cheaha Mt. Before cars few people ventured up to the top of Cheaha. Most stayed in the valley below.



A lovely waterfall on the drive down Cheaha Mt.




Bunker Tower Observation




























































































































There is a very nice boardwalk from the Bald Rock parking area, all the way out to Bald Rock. It's ideal for those in a wheel chair, handicapped or physically challenged.



















Japanese style Bonzai Trees grow naturally on top of Cheaha.















































Coordinates: 33°29′07.84″N 85°48′31.19″W

☛ Photo blog post from my iPhone

Monday, October 05, 2009

Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Sightseeing the Blue Ridge Parkway. The scenic drive features many tunnels and plenty of scenic overlooks with nice vehicle pull-outs for shooting pictures of the surrounding mountain views.


















































































French Broad River

Saturday, October 03, 2009

New River Gorge National River

Until 2004 the New River Gorge Bridge was the highest auto bridge in the world, at an altitude of 876 feet over the New River below, additionally spanning 3030 feet long it was the longest steel arch bridge till 2003. The busy four lane New River Gorge Bridge shaves 45 minutes off the old route and is crossed by over 16,000 vehicles per day.












The walk to the upper scenic overlook.




It's a 200' walk down to the lower scenic overlook.













Yes, the upper observation deck is handicapped accessible.














The park operated by the National Park Service features over 70,000 acres encompassing the New River, diverse in cultural and natural history, it offers many of scenic and recreational activities.











A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through canyons 1000' deep, the New River is ironically one of the oldest rivers on the continent of North America.









New River Gorge National River is being featured on the WV Public Television program Outlook. Part One air's Thursday, September 24th at 9:00 PM, and again on Sunday, September 27th at 6:00 PM.

Part Two air's Thursday, October 8th at 9:00 PM, and again on Sunday, October 11th at 6:00 PM.

More information is available at the WV Public Television website.