We hiked the Cascades trail in Jefferson National Forest after Labor Day. It was one of the first sunny days we have had all summer.
I was thrilled to see the Cardinal Flower bloom right next to the creek.
Ferns covered the rocks.
Mosses were emerald green from the plentiful rain this summer.
The two mile hike back to the parking lot is mostly downhill and flat so it goes quickly. It's great to have such a nice trail only a few miles from our home.