High Bluff and Rhododendron Gardens Trails — Roan Mountain

Bakersville, North Carolina

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Since the road up to the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens is only open April through November, there is limited time to hike here. The best time to visit has an even smaller window—during the Catawba rhododendron blooms. The bright, fluffy pinkish-purple flowers of these evergreen trees usually reach their peak bloom from mid- to late-June and are not to be missed if hiking in this high-country region of western North Carolina. Several hiking options range from the strenuous trek across the heath balds of the Appalachian Trail to Roan High Knob, to a short jaunt to Roan High Bluff with a side loop through the Rhododendron Gardens, which is the hike described here.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

Since the road up to the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens is only open April through November, there is limited time to hike here. The best time to visit has an even smaller window—during the Catawba rhododendron blooms.

The bright, fluffy pinkish-purple flowers of these evergreen trees usually reach their peak bloom from mid- to late-June and are not to be missed if hiking in this high-country region of western North Carolina. Several hiking options range from the strenuous trek across the heath balds of the Appalachian Trail to Roan High Knob, to a short jaunt to Roan High Bluff with a side loop through the Rhododendron Gardens, which is the hike described here.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bakersville
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: April through November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Toecane Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Bakersville
Driving Directions: Directions to High Bluff and Rhododendron Gardens Trails — Roan Mountain

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