Autumn. It’s a season of mixed emotions. Sadness that the leaves drop, the plants wither and die, the weather turns frigid. But Mother Nature welcomes Fall with a flourish that includes brilliant hues and subtle earth tones. I spent a week in the Colorado Rockies searching for the brightest of these - the autumn aspen.
Pressley Cove and Maxwell Cove Trails, Pisgah National Forest
Perhaps you’re looking for a short hike that will really stretch your legs and get your heart pounding. Then you may want to consider the Pressley Cove/Maxwell Cove loop that is not too far from the Pisgah Ranger District headquarters. You’ll climb more than 1,400 feet in just a little over a mile through a beautiful poplar, oak and beech one-age forest. Follow Pressley Creek on the way up, and Maxwell Creek on the way back down, with a stretch on the ridge at the top that offers views of the Blue Ridge Parkway far in the distance.