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Valley Rewind: Point Lookout in winter

Courtesy of Swannanoa Valley Museum
Special to Black Mountain News
This undated photograph features five men posing in front of the sign at Point Lookout, located just east of Ridgecrest, in winter.

This undated photograph features five men posing in front of the sign at Point Lookout, located just east of Ridgecrest, in winter. Founded in the 1920s after Route 10 became Highway 70 (now Old U.S. 70), Point Lookout became a popular stopping point and overlook. The overlook gave visitors the chance to gaze out to Royal Gorge, through which Native Americans and early settlers used to travel across the mountains. In its heyday, Point Lookout featured an observation platform, restaurant, motel, retail shop, and gas station. The section of Old U.S. 70 between Old Fort and Black Mountain that is home to Point Lookout was closed off when Interstate 40 was constructed in the area in 1968. In 2008, various public and private partners created Point Lookout Trail for hikers and bikers, without any tourist attractions, except for the view.