Booneview is hosting it’s first InstaHIKE and we are very excited!
We are going to check out the Rhododendron blooms at Roan Highlands.
The hike will be June 13, 2015 from 11-4(ish!)
Meet at Carvers Gap parking area in Roan Mountain State Park. We suggest carpooling since the parking area will probably be packed. If you want to be a driver or need a ride, please comment on here and we will be happy to help!
Directions from Boone (about an hour and 15 minute drive)
Follow NC 105 S to the intersection with NC 184. Turn right; proceed through Banner Elk on NC 184 to the intersection with NC 194. Turn left; follow NC 194 for about 6 miles to US-19E. Turn right; follow this to the town of Roan Mountain across the Tennessee state line. Turn left on Tennessee State Road 143, following the signs for Roan Mountain State Park. Proceed through the park and up the mountain to Carvers Gap on the NC state line.
The 5.1 mile (out and back) stretch of the Appalachian Trail we will be hiking is considered a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1,150ft. There is a pit toilet in the parking area, otherwise no facilities are available, and the hike is mostly on a bald (pretty much out in the open!)
The hike should take about 4 hours, but because we are a group of people who are also going for loads of photo opportunities, plan for it to take 5 or so hours.
It is arguably the most beautiful part of the whole AT! The views of the mountains are incredible and we have planned this hike to (hopefully) be during peak Rhododendron bloom up at Roan Highlands, which is spectacular!
Good clothes and shoes for hiking
Be prepared for possible rain
Plenty of water
Be ready to have fun
Camera of choice