Roan Mountain: Spruce Pine to Roan Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"A 25-mile paved route from the historic mining town of Spruce Pine to the extensive rhododendron gardens on the summit of Roan Mountain. This drive travels north from the old mining area surrounding Spruce Pine to the rhododendron gardens atop one of the highest mountains in the southern Appalachians. It offers a broad array of recreational activities, from searching for precious gems to hiking and viewing wildflowers. The drive’s starting point, Spruce Pine, is the center of the North Carolina mining region.
Miners have dug here since prehistoric times and continue to do so today. Special attractions: Roan Mountain, Pisgah National Forest, Cherokee National Forest (TN), Museum of North Carolina Minerals, rhododendron gardens, rockhounding, hiking, scenic views, and fall colors. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."