Highlands of Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain, TN, USA

VB
115 reviews
Jun 6, 2021
Group size: 4 - 10
Highlands of Roan Mountain
Roan Mountain, TN, USA

115 reviews

Jun 6, 2021
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

Widely known as a scenic attraction for well over a hundred years, Roan Mountain is now part of Pisgah National Forest. At 6,280 feet, the "bald" summit is the highest point of the Iron Mountains, which form a barrier between North Carolina and Tennessee. Spread along the ridge is Roan Mountain Gardens with 600 acres of Catawba rhododendron gardens and 850 acres of Fraser Fir and spruce. This natural garden on the crest of the mountain is usually in full bloom during the last two weeks of June. The unique blossoms of the Catawba Rhododendron are light red, pink and many shades of lavender. We can take a walk across Round Bald at Carver’s Gap, where there is a stunning group of over 75 spectacular flame azaleas, and if we are lucky we’ll see Gray’s Lily, a species endemic to the Southern Appalachians.

In addition to the varied plant life, there are such high altitude birding treats as the Alder Flycatcher, Red Crossbill, Hermit Thrush, Veery, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Chestnut-sided and Canada Warblers and Brown Creeper.


Due to the altitude of over 6,000 feet we may expect much cooler weather than in the foothills. The winds blowing up the mountain become chilled as they reach the higher elevations and may form fog and drizzle. The plants thrive under these conditions, but we should come prepared with a jacket or sweater and a rain jacket or umbrella--just in case. Sadly, we’ll also see first-hand evidence of the devastation of the Fraser Firs by the wooly balsam adelgid; a very sobering sight.

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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Ventures Birding Tours
115 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

This was a great day. Clifton navigated some unexpected logistics (unposted road closure) and made a full day with tons of stops he was familiar with. I am only a year into birding and added 13 species to my list. He was the most experienced person I have ever birded with, able to ID tons of birds by ear then spot them.
By Rebecca D for Avery County, NC - County Birding on 13 Jul, 2021
This was a great trip. Kevin Burke is a wonderful trip leader. He makes every effort for everyone to see the birds. He works hard to make sure everything runs smoothly.
By Bill W for Maine - Puffins, Boreal Birds, & Spectacular Scenery 2 on 11 Jul, 2021
The tour and tour guide were excellent in every way. Kevin our guide did everything in his power to to assist all participants throughout the trip to make the most enjoyable and fun trip possible.
By Alan's Email L for Maine - Puffins, Boreal Birds, & Spectacular Scenery 2 on 03 Jul, 2021
You should be aware that this trip was cancelled by Ventures Birding, and I have a credit with them for the full amount paid.
By Kathleen S for Michigan - Kirtland's Warblers & The Upper Peninsula on 26 Jun, 2021
The scenery alone made me want to go there, plus the unusual plants. And the birds1 Enjoyed the presentation.
By barbara r for Lions, Penguins and Proteas, A Virtual Tour of South Africa on 16 Jun, 2021
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