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.