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We're making a trip in May to Roan Mtn. b/c it looks beautiful and we wanted to go somewhere kind of remote.<br><br>
Anybody from nearby? Any things you can suggest we do or places nearby to go?<br><br>
We just kind of picked it from searching the Internet. Neither one of us have been to E. TN before.
 

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We briefly lived in east TN, and have family there, so visit often. We love Roan Mtn park - beautiful! Make sure you check out the Rhododendron gardens!<br><br>
Let's see... Hampton Creek cove is nearby, Sycamore Shoals, Appalachian caverns, and Bays Mtn park and Planetarium are nearby - which has a wildlife habitat area with animals.<br><br>
Have fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We went there on vacation last May. We stayed outside Boone, but went to Roan Mountain for the day. It was the last week of May (the week before Memorial Day), and shocking to us, it was pretty chilly!<br><br>
We are used to the really hot weather of Atlanta, though, so that clouded our judgement. The rhododendrons also weren't blooming on the mountain yet (I think they bloom mid-june) Anyway, despite that, it was a great trip, and it's a gorgeous area of the country. Have fun!
 

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it's probably been 10 yrs since i've been to roan. my FIL was a bg booster of the southern appalachian highlands conservancy and we went with him once on a group hike. boone and blowing rock are nice (we go there frequently) and not too far away. grandfather mountain is nice and has a lot of kids activities. these are all in NC, but not too far away. it might be chilly or might not, but you should definitely pack a light jacket. i think the rhodies do bloom in june so may is probably a bit early for peak flowerage. sorry i don't know more about the tennessee side.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The rhododendrons also weren't blooming on the mountain yet (I think they bloom mid-june)</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i think the rhodies do bloom in june so may is probably a bit early for peak flowerage.</div>
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Wow... are you sure about that? Ours are <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonmarie2006/473474883/" target="_blank">in bloom</a> right now.
 

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yes, the altitude is much higher than asheville. here's more info -- <a href="http://www.roanmountain.com/gardens.htm" target="_blank">http://www.roanmountain.com/gardens.htm</a> . the rhododendron festival is in june and they estimate the peak bloom time to be late june.<br><br>
here are some purty pictures -- <a href="http://www.tjhsst.edu/~dhyatt/azaleas/other/roan2.html" target="_blank">http://www.tjhsst.edu/~dhyatt/azaleas/other/roan2.html</a> .<br>
btw, your rhodie is gorgeous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> .
 

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Thank you all for the great info! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I don't care about the flowers really, I am longing for the mountains. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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The rhoddies on Roan Mtn. do bloom in June, usually mid-june give or take a few days. I've spent alot of time there in my childhood & adult years. My ex, who was from New England absolutely felt at home on Roan Mtn. & Mt. Mitchell, too, for that matter, because the climatic zone, vegatation is the same as NE.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The rhoddies on Roan Mtn. do bloom in June, usually mid-june give or take a few days. I've spent alot of time there in my childhood & adult years. My ex, who was from New England absolutely felt at home on Roan Mtn. & Mt. Mitchell, too, for that matter, because the climatic zone, vegatation is the same as NE.</div>
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I am also from that part of the country and I have a feeling these mountains will *do it for me* as well. I'm really having bigtime mountain withdrawals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We are in Kingsport, which is "in the neighborhood."<br><br>
There is a hands on children's museum in Johnson City, if the weather turns icky on you and you need some quality toddler entertainment. Our 3 year old LOVES it!<br><br>
Bays Mtn Park is quite a hike from Roan Mtn Park--Over an hour. They do have a pack of rehabbed wolves, and quite a collection of raptors and other rehabbed animals as well.
 

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HokieMum (and everyone else!)<br><br>
Thanks so much for all the great advice/suggestions etc.<br><br>
We *loved* it there. I felt right at home even though I am originally from the mountains in NY.<br><br>
We went to the Hands On Museum on a rainy day and had a great time there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> We need one of those in our state!
 
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