Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2015 - 36
Near North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Balsam Mountains
are yet another place to revel in the beauty of Catawba rhododendron.
One can enjoy Balsam-range scenery from the comfort of a car, on a
short hike, or during the rigors of a backpacking trip. These
rhododendron were photographed at dusk on an easy two-mile walk
from Black Balsam Road, the U.S. forest service road that gives access to
many trails. Catawba in the Great Balsams tend to peak by mid-June.