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Title Fishers Peak from Outer Parking area at Fox Hunters Paradise
Title Note Parking overlook
Date 1940
Description Distant view of Fishers Peak as viewed from Fox Hunters Paradise. Photo taken in 1940 by "JEV" at milepost 218.6 in Section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary Fishers Peak was a traditional destination for outings by area citizens until closed off by the city of Galax, VA, due to concerns about the municipal watershed. The highest point on the Virginia-North Carolina border, with an elevation of 3,570 feet (1,090 meters.) The overlook has a parking area that allowed motorists to leave their cars for a stunning vista, with panoramas of the nearby and distant mountain scenery. Local residents initially referred to them as "balconies," as they were a place from which to take in the view. Outlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway were carefully selected with dramatic views in mind.
Location Location Name: Fishers Peak
Parkway Milepost: 218.6
Latitude: 36.559575
Longitude: -80.823128
Creator Individual J.E.V.
Creator Organization National Park Service—Blue Ridge Parkway
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Fisher Peak (N.C.)
Fox Hunters Paradise (N.C.)
Scenic overlooks
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway