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The Rhododendron Gardens are located atop Roan Mountain, a five mile ridgeline ranging from 6,286' atop Roan High Knob to 5,500' atop Carver's Gap. This high elevation places the Rhododendron Gardens in a Canadian-like temperate zone.

Every year, thousands of people visit the mountain at the peak bloom period during late June. Each rhododendron bush might boast over 100 clusters of flowers and there are many hundreds of bushes spread out over the mountainsides. The Catawba Rhododendron bushes are naturally shaped to appear as if they have been pruned by the hand of man to achieve their perfect shape.

Short Walk: .1 miles from parking.

Family Friendly: Take the easy paved path; anyone can handle it. And the rhododendrons are stunning.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Thomas Birch

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Jun 28, 2020
dee angel
Jul 15, 2017
Kiril Stoyanov
Aug 5, 2015
KM Clewell
Jun 21, 2014
Jean-Claude Linossi
Beautiful place to visit in June when the plants are in bloom.

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