Summer in Full Swing
30 06, 10 Filed in: Western N.C.
Seldom is the time there is a lack of color in Highlands.
June and July the forest are lit with yellows, oranges, reds and pinks of native azaleas, rhododendron and mountain laurel.
Look no further than your back yard to see the beautiful hues that Mother Nature has bestowed on our wonderful mountain plateau.
Numerous drives abound that take you through the color palate of our lives, and none that surpass the Blue Ridge Parkway. Only a short drive from Highlands, the Parkway begins on the southern end at Mile Marker 468 just inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center. It winds quickly upward in elevation to the highest point on the Parkway at Richland-Balsam, where Whiteside Mountain is clearly distinguishable.
Along the way you will past from temperate hardwood forests to dense evergreen stands like those found in Maine and Canada. At the top, the smell of Balsam fir reminds you of Christmas year-round. The range of plants, shrubs and trees in bloom can easily vary a month within a 20 mile drive.
Drive our scenic roads to your hearts content, but always remember that Highlands is not only the best place to start, but the greatest place to end!