Fisher's Peak (1932)
The original route of the Appalachian Trail crossed into North Carolina on Fisher's Peak, just south of the Blue Ridge Music Center (built in 1997). This image shows the Peak in the winter of 1932 and demonstrates how different the landscape was in the 1930s, when the Peak was almost entirely free of trees. Today, it is almost entirely wooded.
The trail guide for this section of trail describes the signature feature of the hike across the Peak as the fields of massive rhododendron bushes covering the peak, a feature that helps to explain why the city of Galax (just a dozen miles northwest) held its rhododendron festival there starting in 1931.
SubjectLost Appalachian Trail
FormatBlack and white photograph
Myron Avery Scrapbooks. Appalachian Trail Conservancy Archives. Used with permission.
RightsAll rights reserved
Myron Avery, “Fisher's Peak (1932),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed June 1, 2023, https://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/954.