Summer arrives in June – and with the bright, fresh green of new leaves and the flamboyant purple-pink of the red Catawba rhododendron.  The showy shrubs are abundant all across Grandfather Mountain, from MacRae Meadows at 4,300 feet in elevation to MacRae Peak at 5,939 feet in elevation. Because the colorful bush abounds across this broad range of elevations, they will be blooming somewhere on the mountain no matter when in June you plan to visit. The first blooms appear at the lower overlooks in late May and the display will arrive at the Swinging Bridge by the end of June.

The roadsides are bright with wildflowers of all kinds in June, including ox-eye daisies and fire pinks.  The white blooms on the Mountain Ash are less showy, but they make up for that by becoming bright red berries in September.