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Title Picnic area before clearing
Date April 21, 1936
Description Photograph shows uncleared site of future picnic area at Cumberland Knob near mile post 217.5 in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by GWW on April 21, 1936.
Commentary Cumberland Knob is located just south of the Virginia State Line and was the first recreational places built for the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was opened in 1937. The National Park Service wanted to include full service recreational areas which included gas stations, restaurants, and other amenities at the site. The National Park Service was able to purchase the land through Resettlement Administration funds.
Location Location Name: Cumberland Knob
Parkway Milepost: 217.5
Latitude: 36.55013
Longitude: -80.90869
Creator Individual G.W.W.
Tags Blue Ridge Parkway--Planning
Cumberland Knob (N.C.)
Cumberland Knob Recreation Area (N.C.)
Picnic grounds
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway