More Autumn Color from the Virginia Mountains

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A meadow ensconced in Autumn color at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

A meadow ensconced in Autumn color at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

Secret Vistas – A Photo Essay –
By Glynn Wilson

SOMEWHERE IN THE MOUNTAINS, Va. — We continued our journey on Wednesday by leaving the Shenandoah National Park and coming out at the little town of Elkton.

We headed back north to continue the loop around Washington, D.C. and found a beautiful private campground called the Outlanders River Camp along the Shenandoah River near Luray.

Then we ventured back up into the mountains on Thursday in the George Washington National Forest and found an unbelievable little campground called Elizabeth Furnace, where we were all alone. Talk about a secret vista.

It was surrounded by mountain peaks so the Internet could not reach the place. I mean the sun didn’t really come up until about 10:30 a.m. in that little valley by a trout stream. But it is a beautiful find and we will go back. It would be hard to beat for only $10 a night.

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A creek that runs into the Shenandoah River in the fall at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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Autumn color at its peak at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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A dam on private property near the free Little Fort Campground in the in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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The Shenandoah River in fall by the private Outlanders River Camp: Glynn Wilson

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A red-bellied woodpecker at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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A red-bellied woodpecker at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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A little woodpecker by the Shenandoah River in fall by the private Outlanders River Camp: Glynn Wilson

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A tit mouse hiding in the leaves at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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A couple of locals fishing for trout at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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Jefferson swimming in the creek at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the George Washington National Forest: Glynn Wilson

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This sign goes to show the U.S. Forest Service does not have to close campgrounds due to a little flooding like they did to the Chinnabee Campground in the Talladega National Forest in Alabama: Glynn Wilson

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