OCTOBER 19 - 23 WEST VIRGINIA

Fayette Bridge by Rich Matheny

Cathedral Falls

This is preliminary schedule for our fall trip to the mountains. This is my home state WV otherwise known as “All Most Heaven”.  This is only a draft. Depending on things like the weather and leaf coloration there may be changes that need to be made but not to the dates. It is about an 8-hour drive and all interstate driving to get there. There will be more details to follow before the trip to those who are going with us. But as a note there will be no long mountainous hiking on this trip. It will be senior friendly.

Day 1: Travel to Beckley, WV to “Microtel Inn & Suites”. Saturday the 19th is Bridge day in Fayetteville WV. That’s the day when all the crazy folks free dive off the bridge and glide to the river if the chute opens properly.  Folks who would be interested in attending that event could go a day earlier than the group. https://officialbridgeday.com

Day 2: Morning outing at Babcock State Park, Glade Creek Grist Mill. Afternoon shoot will be in Thurmond, WV. Part of the New River Gorge National River (U.S. National Park Service). It’s an abandon Railroad Town from the coal days. The 2010 census recorded a population of 5.

Day 3: Morning shoot at the Fayetteville Bridge from the top of the New River Gorge and then a short drive to the bottom of the Gorge to photograph the bridge from below. From there we will drive to a small town, Falls View having lunch at Glenn Farris Inn on the Kanawha River. After lunch we will photograph the falls on Kanawha River next to the restaurant. On our return trip, we will stop and photograph Cathedral Falls close to the small city of Gully Bridge. Time permitting, we will visit Hawks Nest State Park with a wonderful view from above the New River Gorge National River, and possibly another small waterfall. 

Day 4: Morning shoot will be beautiful Sandstone Waterfalls where the New River starts its ascent in the New River Gorge. There is a Train and Coal Museum in Hinton that may be of interest to some folks. After lunch we will travel south west on Scenic Highway 20 crossing the Bluestone Dam to the famous little town of Bramwell in Mercer County, WV on the Bluestone River. In the late 1800’s the town acquired notoriety for having the largest number of millionaires per capita in the United States. In 1910 part of the downtown was destroyed by fire; a total of 21 buildings burned to the ground. In 1984 the town was named to the National Registry of Historic Places. Many of the homes still stand and there is a Museum devoted to the Coal and Train History. 

Day 5: we will journey south on I-77, I-26 and I-95 back to Sun City.

Rich Matheny, Trip Leader

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