Fall Favorite: NC Mountain Memories

Fall in the NC mountains is a place I always chose to be. As much as I love to travel – I make it a point to be here in mid-October.

I love it when you make a turn-off on a shaded mountain road and it’s like you’ve flipped a light switch.  The sun spotlights the changing leaves revealing a burst of fall colors. And when the leaves are brown and near their end watching the wind whip them into high swirls always makes me smile.

During this very unusual summer, I did not have time for many long drives down unknown roads. Family issues kept me a bit more occupied. But on our last weekend, we headed out, away from the leaf-peepers crowding the Blue Ridge Parkway. Heading into the Pisgah National Forest, we went into the Wilson Creek Wilderness area, stopped in the small town of Edgemont, and visited the folks at Coffey’s General Store.

Dating from 1895, the store is a veritable museum of old-timey mountain goods and memorabilia. Of course, you can still snag a Cheerwine and a Moon Pie.

Proprietor Teresa and her friend and helper, Linda, welcomed us and filled us in on area history.

If you get a chance, stop by and say hello. You won’t be sorry.

Teresa and Linda.

The train was an important part of Edgemont’s economy, but catastrophic floods changed the course of the future. The General Store served as an important gathering point for neighbors, also serving as a post office. Sadly, only a few families still live year-round in the area. The charming church is still in use and, this time of year added fall decor along the approaching bridge and road signs.

Once a summer hunting ground for the Cherokee Native Americans, a wide variety of outdoorsmen are attracted to the remote, 49-thousand-acre protected area. Designated by Congress as a National Wild and Scenic River, Wilson Creek is popular for fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and more.

16 Comments on “Fall Favorite: NC Mountain Memories

  1. Karen, Another charming and genuine look at our highways and byways. Yes, this year is different, but you have found the real things and shared the beauty with us.

  2. I would love, love, love to visit this part of the world in October! Coffee’s General Store looks like a place where I could spend a lot of time (and money). Such beautiful scenery too. Thanks for sharing, Karen!

    • There are so many wonderful places to see on a fall visit to WNC. The High Country is at its peak in mid-late Oct.

  3. Beautifully descriptive! Wish I could see it… I LOVE the church photo!

  4. Good morning from the U.K Karen,just read your wonderful descriptive post about N.C I really felt that I was almost part of your travelogue ,what a beautiful place to spend the fall,

  5. The above response is from Pauline,not very good at this!!!

  6. So beautiful this time of year! Love the micro aspect of it all- thanks for going there.

  7. Lovely pictures and story about Coffey’s General Store history. A very picturesque, secluded little town.

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