It states, "It is Christmas year-round on top of Roan Mountain. The sweet smell of balsam and fir trees that crown this mountain fill the air with a pleasant holiday scent. Located at 6, 285 feet above sea level, this is the highest shelter on the entire Appalachian Trail. The ecosystem and climate at this shelter is rare in the southern Appalachian Mountains and will remind southbound thru-hikers of the peaks in New Hampshire and Maine."
Ah for those camp memories. TrailRidge hikers who hiked the AT from Carver's Gap back to TrailRidge would have passed this shelter and the one at Little Rock Knob before descending the very rough trail down to camp. And as you remember...uphill or downhill...none of it was easy!