Last Tuesday, November 21st, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, was sunny and warm - in the low 70s (21 C) so we decided to go out in the woods to see if we could still find some good autumn colors, and we did - in Sope Creek National Park.
here to read it. The National Park Service maintains some good hiking trails in Sope Creek Park so we decided to wander on them that Tuesday.
This little trail took us up and down. I was happy to have brought my walking cane along as there were many large rocks. Before long we could see the ruins of a building among the trees. There were down a sharp hill and I had to balance myself against the trunk of a tree to take the photos below.
When we entered the park we read the two plaques shown below. These ruins are what remain of the large Paper Mill - that was 300 feet long and included several rooms, an office and store room.
Now we could hear the soft sound of rushing water and soon we arrived at the river. Looking up the river I could see the little bridge where I had crossed Sope Creek several times.
I understand that there were several buildings in the area: a paper mill, a twine mill and a flour mill. It was strange in a way to be sitting on a flat rock above the shallow Sope Creek, surrounded by heavily wooded slopes with yellow, rust, red and green leafed trees then watching the traffic crossing the little bridge.
The sun was shining through the multicolored leaves and producing delicate colored reflections in the water.
The trail going back was heavily wooded but not so steep.
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