Roan Highlands

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!