If anyone is interested, there is a nice spot to view the fall color of the CV area. Its called Olsen Fire Tower.
You can climb to about 90' or so. I think i counted like 125 steps to the top. The actual observation/ranger station is usually locked but you can get a good view from the platform just below it.
The road is not maintained in the winter months. From Thomas, travel towards the windmills on 219N. Once you pass the windmills, turn right on Forest Road 18. It's marked with a sign but it can be seen better coming downhill. The coords are: N39* 07.613, W079* 35.082 for all you GPS guys. Turn right on Forest Road 18. Turn right at the first Y intersection. This road is called FR 717. Stay on FR 717 for about 1 and half miles to the parking lot below the tower.
The view is amazing, you can see the town of Parsons, Blackwater Canyon, Otter Creek Wilderness, Canaan Mountain, the windmills, and even the ski slopes at Canaan and the Mount Storm power plant.
Look it up on WIKI for a more detailed description.
Here is the WIKI link if anybody is interested... Olsen Fire Tower