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Upstate Field Trip: Roan Mountain, NC
June 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, June 7, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Field Trip:To Roan Mountain, NC for the Rhododendron Blooming Season
Meet at 8:00am, Ingles Grocery parking lot, Landrum, SC, at Exit 1 on I-26, Landrum, SC
Leader: Bill Robertson, photographer
“Roan Mountain is one of the more fascinating areas I have visited; it is a series of tall grass-covered balds, featuring exceptional 360 degree views in all directions. On a clear day you can view
Mt. Mitchell and the Tablerock and Hawksbill peaks at Linville Gorge.” The trail we will be taking is the AT trail on the Tennessee side, starting at Carvers Gap, taking us through a dark forest of
Red Spruce and Fraser Fir, and continuing to Round Bald. Next up is Jane’s Bald, and finally to Grassy Ridge Bald. Shortly past Jane’s Bald, the AT splits to the left, and we will take the right fork up to Grassy Ridge Bald. From there, we shall head behind Grassy Bald to the end of the ridge, where fantastic views of the Catawba Rhododendrons are seen from the back side of Grassy Ridge.
“The trail is approximately 6 miles round trip. Bring water and food, and always bring/wear layers as this area is completely exposed to the elements, and of course your photography gear.”
For those who do not wish to hike the distance, you will be able to retrace your steps back to the parking area. Any part of this trip should be amazing.
Any questions, call Bill Robertson at (864) 244-3456 or email him at <[email protected]>
To reserve a spot on this field trip, email Virginia Meador at <[email protected]>
Please include a cell number for last minute communication.