Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

West of Aurora, WV

West of Aurora, WV

West of Aurora, WV

West of Aurora, WV

Eglon, WV

Fall flowers where we stopped for lunch along H-219.


(Ron Writing) We had some wild weather during the night. There was continuous lightning and thunder for several hours and lots of rain but we were snug in Da Honu and not the least bit bothered by it. We awoke to a very foggy morning but by the time we had breakfast and were ready to go on our way, it was sunny and beautiful outside.

We continued east on H-50 through more beautiful West Virginia countryside. The drive was through very mountainous country. At one point we had a 2-1/2 mile 9% downhill grade. The scenery was beautiful all along this route but there was seldom a place to park and take photos. We did manage to get a few pictures near the towns of Aurora and Eglon. Did you know that 80% of West Virginia is forest land and that it is the most mountainous state east of the Mississippi? We certainly won't forget it after driving across this state.

Just east of Aurora, we headed south on H-24 and continued south on H-219 to Thomas then south on H-32 to Davis and south on H-93 to Blackwater Falls State Park, just a couple miles outside of Davis.

We gained a lot of altitude today and are now at 3,700 feet, pretty high for the eastern United States. In fact, the town of Davis claims to be at the highest elevation of any incorporated town in West Virginia. The campground in Blackwater Falls State Park is very nice. The sites are paved, level and well separated and the scenery is beautiful. Facilities here include showers and even a small laundry room. We were happy to find a good strong cell signal here. We were given a senior discount on our camping fee. This is the first senior discount for camping that we have ever had; it pays to be a "senior"! Camping here costs $18/night with 30 amp electric hookup, no water or sewer hookups.

We had a beautiful cool sunny day during our drive, however, just as we arrived it got cloudy and started to rain. During a brief break in the rain, I quickly finished the outdoor setup duties. We then had a thunderstorm that brought quite a bit of rain which lasted until about 7 PM. The weather forecast for the next few days is favorable. Our AAA guide classifies this state park as a "gem" and we're looking forward to seeing more of the area tomorrow.



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