If you haven’t seen the rhododendron in full bloom at Roan Mountain, get in your car and drive up there now! It’s in peak bloom. Located on the North Carolina/Tennessee state line, it is a two hour drive from Asheville. This mountain is actually a five mile long ridge. Hike the Appalachian Trail here over several grassy bald mountains – with panoramic mountain views all the way. Recently, the Roan Mountain Recreation area in Pisgah National Forest reopened with new trails and new observation deck overlooking the gardens. It’s an awe-inspiring place to visit. Take a picnic and your camera. What a great spot to visit year-round. Since the entire area is above 5,500 feet in elevation, plan for cooler and quickly changing weather. Temperature here can be 15-20 degrees cooler than in Asheville. See photos of the current rhododendron blooms at http://www.romanticasheville.com/roan_rhododendron.htm.