Time: 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Category: Featured Events
The Rhododendron Ramble at Grandfather Mountain will begin on Friday, June 1, with daily hikes leading to spectacular views. These hikes, timed at roughly one hour, will begin at 1 p.m., and the location will depend on the blooms – so, be sure to inquire at the Entrance Gate for the start point of that day’s hikes. These daily hikes will be offered June 1 to 8.
The Rhododendron Ramble will culminate on Saturday, June 9, with a native plant festival and multiple hikes. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., local organizations, botanists and plant nurseries will be located at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter with information about native plants and their extensive benefits.
From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on June 9, there will be a special kids’ craft activity taking place at the picnic shelter. Kids will have the opportunity to make their own rhododendron blossoms to take home.
The mountain’s staff naturalists will also host a series of short hikes to highlight the magnificent beauty and natural history of rhododendron. The hikes will be on hourly rotations and divided into ability groups. Inquire at the Rhododendron Ramble Information Booth at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter for the exact meeting location of each hike.
The beginner level hike will be through Woods Walk from 11 a.m. to noon, which is about a quarter mile loop with mild terrain and little elevation change. The advanced level hike will take place at Black Rock (about 1.5 miles) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and will highlight a higher elevation rhododendron and acid cove forests. The intermediate level hike will begin last from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This hike will take participants through McRae Meadows and finish at Point Sublime (about a one-mile loop).
Participants should select their hike based upon their ability, but all programs are open to everyone! Each hike will be led by a member of our Grandfather Mountain naturalist staff, who will be providing interpretive knowledge about the surrounding rhododendron ecology.
Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646