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Fall in the Mountains

The colorful leaves are beautiful on flat creek trail – even after they have let go

Fall has been slowly making its appearance in the mountains of North Carolina. We promised a recap of our first workamping experience but we wanted to give a quick overview of what this season is like around here. So this blog post is all about fall in the mountains.

The temperature has fluctuated anywhere from 30 to 50s in the mornings and 60 to 70s during the day. This is actually perfect hiking weather as far as we’re concerned! Jim and Dana (owners here at Moonshine Creek) recommended a trail that we decided to try. It’s called Flat Creek Trail and it’s located in the Smoky Mountain National Park.

According to our pacer app this trail is closer to 3 miles each way!

This 3 mile trail is a beautiful hike (6 miles round-trip) and there were several stream crossings along the way. Just remember, there’s no telling secrets on this trail -the trees are listening. We stopped by the stream and ate lunch then afterward as we were driving back home, we saw a big 6×6 bull elk. He looked so regal sitting by the road watching us drive by.

After some 30 degree nights and some rainy evenings, the leaves on the mountains have started to change colors. Back at the campground too, there are some trees that are really looking autumnal. Who needs fall decorations when the trees are so spectacular?

This little Marbled Orb-Weaver made his web by the Campground Office. He looks like a great Halloween decoration! Along with the pumpkins and mums that are showing up around the campground, we think he fits right in.

We’ve recently explored downtown Sylva a little bit and City Lights Bookstore and Cafe is one of our new favorite places. They have great pumpkin spice coffee, free wifi and it’s a good place to sit and read a book on a cool autumn day.

So we welcome fall to the mountains! The colors are beautiful and the weather is brisk. We are getting ready to head to the beach in a few short days. Next post will be a recap of our workamping experience at Moonshine Creek so check back next week for more of The Ballards’ RV Life!