Niagara Dam on the Roanoke River along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Niagara Dam – Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Niagara Dam on the Roanoke River along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway.

About a month ago, my husband and I thought we’d drive up Roanoke Mountain Loop Road off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I brought along my camera hoping to catch some views of the Roanoke Valley. Unfortunately, the recent storms had dropped a tree across the road, closing its access.

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Niagara Dam.

However, we were not to be deterred on our little outing. So we decided to go to another scenic spot. I have driven along the Parkway, crossing the bridge that passes over the Roanoke River, on numerous occasions. And yet, I had never stopped to walk down the trail and see this part of the river up close. Since Autumn had not made its approach at this time, the falls were mostly shrouded by trees.

Waterfall.

Still, the waterfall is quite the sight to behold!

Trail.

The parking area is located at milepost 114.9.

The descent to the river is not steep.  We passed some people walking with toddlers and some out walking their dogs.  There are signs warning about the dangers of the rushing water. “…Being bashed amongst the rocks” is a piece of the verbiage.  And yes, the sign is very straightforward.  Next time, I’ll have to snap a picture.

Doors.

Imagine my delight when at the bottom of the trail, I spied a door! I knew that I couldn’t pass up the chance to capture this little interesting building.



History of the Niagara Power Plant and Niagara Dam.

Niagara Dam was built in 1906. Today, it is the smallest hydroelectric plant in the American Electric Power system, with a capacity to generate 2,400 kilowatts of power.

Fall is coming.

It was a fun little outing with some beautiful weather. I stumbled upon some unexpected beautiful scenes.

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Fall Colors.

The fall colors are just beginning to make their entrance! Don’t let a change in plans deter your sense of adventure. You never know, you just must stumble on something amazing.

I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. - David Bowie photo quote

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

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16 thoughts on “Niagara Dam – Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

  1. Yes! I love it when I hit pay-dirt just when I least expect it. Nice find indeed. Excursions like this can be so go much fun 🙂
    BTW I went ahead and added this to the link-up list.

  2. Am glad I found you via Deborah’s blog:) You are living that far North! Lovely details of the rusted items, and the bridge- beautiful! Yay, a door -it was worth the trail, next to all the beauty you saw:)

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