Brief Directions: Route 19 south from Elizabethton, TN. In the town of Roan Mountain make a right onto Route 147. At the border of TN/NC park in the Carvers Gap Parking lot. Follow the Appalachain Trail over the top of Round Bald and part way down the hill to Engine Gap
Best Season: Spring
Description: The first light of a June dawn is beginning to highlight the tips of trees and rhododendron on the Roan Mountain Highlands on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.
The warmth of June brings forth an abundance of wildflowers and Catawba rhododendron along a seven-mile stretch of mile high Highland balds. The cloud-covered mountains of North Carolina are seen in the distance.