An overlook worth seeing

What a difference a week makes.  For the last 30 minutes or so on this Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, it has been bucketing rain. We are in the middle of a thunderstorm, and the weather forecast is for more to come.
However, last Friday my sons and I had just gotten home from a great couple of days camping.  We had gone to a region south of Wytheville, Virginia in Jefferson National Forest, and had a great time.

The afternoon before we left. we went to the one attraction we had yet to see: Comer’s Rock Overlook.  It was just up the Forest Service Road.  We turned right and went up the hill.  We had taken the car because we had spend a good part of the day hiking already. The terrain of Comer’s Rock can be found here.

Once we were at the parking lot, there was a bit of a walk to the overlook.  There are a set of stone stairs leading to it.  It was a bit of a climb for me because I am still recovering from a broken ankle I suffered last autumn.  The view is worth it, though.

On our way up we only passed two other people, a gray-haired couple on whose huge motorbike was parked at the lot.  She nicely said to me, “It’s a lot easier coming down than going up.”  Actually, I found the reverse to be true. I needed a walking stick to negotiate the downhill return.

It was a clear day, so we my son Matt got some nice shots, especially of Elk Creek Valley.

Elk Creek Valley from Comers Rock Overlook

I noticed what seemed to be a pattern to the flora on the largest mountain in the distance.  Matt told me he thought it was someone growing evergreens over there.  This made sense since there was a tree farm right below us.

A tree farm in the valley below Comers Rock

What’s nice about this overlook is that the visitor had views from both sides of the platform.   You can’t see much to the left or right because of the growth, but the other sights don’t disappoint.

Yours truly facing Elk Creek Valley, with the camera catching the spectacular view from the rear of the platform.

 There’s some interesting fauna on the overlook, not just flora.  Hawks were flying to and fro the whole time we were there. In addition, there were some picturesque butterflies.

One of our flying friends at the overlook

Comers Rock Overlook was a rare treat, and from what I gather, quite unknown.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s due a lack of that great American feature: marketing.

PHOTO CREDITS: MATTI FOWLER

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