High Bluff and Rhododendron Gardens Trails — Roan Mountain

Bakersville, North Carolina 28705

High Bluff and Rhododendron Gardens Trails — Roan Mountain

High Bluff and Rhododendron Gardens Trails — Roan Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Bakersville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.5
Distance
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
April through November
Season
Toecane Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Bakersville
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018