Roan Mountain Bloom Report 2019

It’s June and that means our mountain is beginning to “pink up”. The rhododendron garden atop Roan Mountain is the largest naturally growing rhododendron garden IN THE WORLD! In June of each year, the blooms begin to peek open and then burst into color. Speculation on the date and time of the bloom’s glory is always a thing of mystery, but we do our best to help visitors with our Rhododendron Report from the “Old Man From the Mountain”. Check back often to see the progress and plan your trip!

Be sure to plan your travels around the 73rd NC Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville as they celebrate the blooming of the rhododendron!


June 16, 2019 (Credit Roan Mountain State Park)

As of 6/16/2019, the blooms are waning upon the mountain, but the memory lives on through photos! Enjoy the Catawba Rhododendrons, Flame Azalea, and various wildflowers famous atop this mountain.

June 3, 2019 Report (Credit Roan Mountain: History of An Appalachian Treasure for the update and pics)

“A little surprising to see the rhododendron and flame azalea in bloom on Round Bald this early……thought I would share for those of you wondering when to visit this season in case seeing these lovely shrubs are your goal! Usually the gardens bloom about a week later than the balds.”



May 29, 2019 Report

There is significant bloom at the gap and the Grassy Bald appears to have and will have some gorgeous bloom over the next 10 days.
Farther up the mountain the bloom potential diminishes and there are more than a few blooms already open.
Peak at the gap and Grassy Bald should be over the next 10 days or so.
Peak on top should be around the 15th such as it is.
The good news is that all the other really cool stuff is doing well. Bluets are awesome and the isolated but easily found areas of sand myrtle are stunning.

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