Appalachian Trail Histories

Photograph of members of the SWVA Appalachian Trail Club at Lover's Leap in Patrick County, October 1930. According to a newspaper story in the Galax Gazette, those in the photograph included Mrs. J.K. Caldwell, Miss Vinnie Caldwell, R.E. Cox, B.D. Beamer, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Cox, and son Worth, and Mrs. Beverly F. Eckles.

The image is part of a collection of scrapbook pages created by PATC founder and ATC Chairman Myron Avery.


Parked at Lover's Leap overlook in Patrick County, Virginia, sometime in the 1930s. Lover's Leap was a popular stop along the Appalachian Trail in Southwestern Virginia between 1930-1952. It is on Highway 58 near Vesta, Virginia, just above the headwaters of the Dan River, and affords spectacular views to the north and east.

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This panoramic image of Lover's Leap in Patrick County, Virginia, is compiled from three photographs taken by ATC Chairman Myron Avery during a hike on the Appalachian Trail in Southern Virginia in January 1932. Avery was scouting the new route of the Trail in this region with local Appalachian Trail leader Shirley L. Cole and his brother Earnest.

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