I had always wanted to visit Roan Mountain, but it seemed every time I made it as far as Carver’s Gap it was late in the evening or the wrong season, so the gate was already closed across the road. When I finally made it to the top it was mid-June and the perfect time of year: the rhododendron bushes were in full bloom! It was quite a treat for my first time on this towering mountain peak!
I thought I would only be here for an hour, but I spent half a day. The mountain features a few hiking trails, some stunning scenic overlooks, the Appalachian Trail runs right across the mountain, and of course there are the Rhododendron Gardens. I don’t think I set my camera down the entire day!