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Title Director Wirth Addressing Waterrock Knob Dedication
Date August 18, 1961
Description Photograph shows National Park Service Director Conrad L. Wirth giving an address at the Waterrock Knob Dedication near section 2X of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by Garrett T. Smathers on August 18, 1961.
Commentary Conrad Louis Wirth (1899–1993) joined the National Park Service in 1931 and was its director from 1951 to 1964. Waterrock Knob is located along Section 2X of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Jackson and Haywood Counties. It is the highest peak in the Plott Balsams range with an elevation of 6,292 feet (1,918 meters.) A hiking trail leads to its summit and a visitor center.
Location Location Name: Waterrock Knob
Parkway Milepost: 451.0
Latitude: 35.4642681
Longitude: -83.1376431
Creator Individual Garrett T. Smathers
Tags Haywood County (N.C.)
Jackson County (N.C.)
National Park Service
Waterrock Knob (N.C.)
Wirth, Conrad L.
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway