An absolutely perfect weekend in the NC and TN mountains. The Roan Highlands are gorgeous any time of year, but seeing the Rhododendrons blooming is a real treat. This was taken near the top of Jane Bald. On a lovely June Saturday, you are not going to be alone, but the (tons of) people we encountered were happy, nice, had great trail etiquette and I didn't see a single piece of trash all day.
On top of Grassy Ridge Bald -- about 2.5 miles from the Carver's Gap Trailhead
A rhododendron Tunnel between balds
A short drive up Roan Mountain from Carver's Gap takes you to the Rhododenron Gardens which were not yet in bloom, but the thousands of buds were quite a sight!