I finally went to Raccoon Ridge on October 21. I was at Chimney Rock Hawk Watch on October 19. Photos can be viewed at https://photos.app.goo.gl/LryVHVcHqXmWYKwTA The last four are from Chimney Rock. The man with the binoculars in the blue jacket is Floyd, an official counter. He had great music paling the whole time. The quarry is what you see from the platform and it operates 5 1/2 days a week. At times they dynamite and dust is an issue for optics, cars and people who want to breathe. Weekends are probably safe. The platform is a short walk from the parking area. The pictures from the ridge show the road where people park where the Appalachian Trail crosses it. Walk over the bridge and it's about 2 and a half miles to the ridge. The trail is very rocky and there is considerable climbing. For someone who hates heights there was no problem. Leave lots of time for walking back, you don't want to walk it in the dark. I used a cane for a walking stick and I will have it with me when I go back. The first pictures that show reservoirs are still about 30 minutes from the ridge. The pictures that show reservoirs from the ridge are the view looking south. To the north is the Delaware River and a couple shots look northeast that also show the river. Looking east is the view of ridges there are tress to the west. There are a number of shots of the trail taken as I walked back to my car. The trail may not be obvious in them, but you see a lot of rocks. The white blazes you see on trees are the AT. No official counter was there just me and Joe who I met while walking and his German Shepherd, Sophie. A gorgeous day with some nice views of Bald Eagles, Black and Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier and Red Tail. Also more distant Sharp-shinned and Red Shouldered. Both places are worth checking out.