Roan Mountain Highlands

Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA

VB
183 reviews
Jun 1, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Roan Mountain Highlands
Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA

183 reviews

$NaN
Jun 1, 2022
Group size: 3 - 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 plantlife, 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
183 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

Excellent trip! Kevin was flexible and persistent. He adjusted to the early fog so that we had good birding the entire day, and was very persistent in finding the bird that several of us were eager to see (Cerulean Warbler). He was patient with describing identification details and excellent at identifying songs and calls. It was a lovely day!
By Marcia M for Blue Ridge Birding - May on 19 May, 2022
We had an awesome time. Kevin was great and always helpful.
By Tom F for Dauphin Island, Alabama 2 2022 on 17 May, 2022
We came for the birds and the birds came for us! Really enjoyed our experience with Kevin Burke, who led us to multiple locations throughout the day in search of spring migrants. Kevin was attentive, informative, relaxed, and he made sure that we saw what he saw (or heard). And there were a lot of good ones, including Wilson's Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo. We had such a great experience that we can't wait to sign up for our next trip!
By Stephen P for Spring Migration in Henderson County on 08 May, 2022
Trip had us walking along the Green River which provided opportunities to see various warblers but even more were heard by our small group. Kevin shared some of his favorite birding sites with us so that added to the success and enjoyment of the morning.
By Harry Y for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
We had a great time!! Kevin was an awesome guide and we saw many birds!!
By Foye C for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
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