Have you ever visited Graves Mountain in Madison County? I went to the apple festival last week and took in some of the activities and visited many of the great vendors.  Enjoyed the bluegrass music and the cloggers.  We also went on a hay ride before leaving.  We were made aware of  Graves Mountain through my grandson's home school friend by wading the Rose River in search of a rare stone (Unakite). We were told that the Rose River is one of only a few places it can be found. No luck finding one but did get one from a vendor who is a rock collector...how cool. Had fun searching the river with my wife and grandson and will go back soon. From the lodge the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains is awesome. It was well worth the time we spent there.