|Photo of Kirkman from the exhibit on display in Ramsey Library|
The Carolina Mountain Club was active in the development and maintenance of the Appalachian Trail in the Asheville area. The photo below dates from 1948 and shows a CMC crew working on the AT at Devil's Fork Gap.
|Trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail in 1948.|
|Having fun on the trail, c. 1940.|
|Smiling on a long staircase.|
|A brief stop on the trail.|
Kirkman often framed his hikers amidst the natural beauty that is Western North Carolina. We're so taken by some of his photographs that we used Kirkman's photo of hikers with mountains behind them as the background for our Special Collections & University Archives logo (see above). Some of the following photos showcase the mountain landscape as well as hikers.
|Winter hikers on an unknown mountaintop.|
|Resting on a rocky ledge.|
In addition to the William Kirkman Photography Collection, UNC Asheville also has the official records and historic papers of the Carolina Mountain Club. Look for another post later this month as we continue to celebrate hiking in Western North Carolina as part of North Carolina Archives Week!
Until then, Happy Trails!