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PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: In mid-June the rhododendron display can be

spectacular; conventional wisdom has peak somewhere around
the 15th but in many years recently it has been as early as the
10th. Some information on the internet has it " late June " - not
so. The area offers opportunities for grand scenics, sunsets and more
intimate scenes as well as flower closeups. When the weather seems
dreadful and the cloud deck is low, this 5,000-foot elevation paradise
can be " in the clouds " (which is for all intents and purposes, fog) with
its attendant mystery and softness.

Jerusalem Artichoke
(Helianthus tuberosus)

5-10 feet tall, yellow petals, yellow
center. August-October.

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on cloudy breezy days,
so take a sweater or rain
jacket. The area is enjoyable
from the road or parking
area, but short hikes will
enrich your experience.
The Craggy Gardens
complex features two
complementary areas.
Craggy Dome Overlook, MP
364, is perhaps the more
popular and is the jumpingoff spot for the Craggy
Pinnacle Trail, winding
through rhododendron
tunnels and ancient beech

trees. This 1.2-mile roundtrip
moderate trail (250-foot
elevation gain) is a true
" tunnel of love " when the
rhododendron are in full
bloom.
A little less than half a mile
south on the parkway is the
visitor center with additional
hiking options as well as
stunning views.
The second of the two
areas is accessed from the
trailhead at the south end
of the parking area for the
visitor center. Take the less
strenuous Craggy Gardens
hike, a 1.4-mile roundtrip hike
that leads to Craggy Flats
(elevation gain 200 feet)-a
high altitude heath bald that
is becoming reclaimed by
the rhododendron. There
is an open pavilion on the
Flats. The trail continues on
and connects to the Craggy
Gardens Picnic area which
can also be reached by a
spur road at MP 367.6.

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