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Rhododendron Gardens, June 17, 2009

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Rhododendron Gardens, June 17, 2009

On Wednesday a group of us went up to Rhododendron Gardens in the mountains on the TN/NC line east of Elizabethton, TN and south of the small town of Roan Mtn. After a strong rainstorm the garden was shrouded in fog, giving a soft dream-like quality to the sights we saw. The pathway thru the gardens is like three 'O's stacked atop one another, with a boardwalk out to a viewing platform in the middle 'O'. From a previous visit I know that the panorama of NC mountains to the east is marvelous. The whole thing is maybe 1/2 a mile long with just a small amount of descent and ascent as you make your way thru it. The rhodos sit in a very lush evergreen forest and the trail occasionally takes you into deeply shaded areas with some of the greenest greens you've ever seen. There is a small visitors center at the entrance with restrooms. The fee (it's in Pisgah Nat'l Forest) is $3 per car, with National Park/Forest passes being accepted.

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1. Re: Rhododendron Gardens, June 17, 2009

Very nice pictures.

Did you get to see the rare wildflower Gray's Lily while at Roan Mountain? There is a few blooming there right now.

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2. Re: Rhododendron Gardens, June 17, 2009

We did see a dozen or more Gray's Lily on a hike the next day.

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3. Re: Rhododendron Gardens, June 17, 2009

That place looks really neat; the fog up there reminded me of the fog the second time I went up Mt. Cammerer. Lovely pictures; thanks for posting those.

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