Roan Mountain each June, the mountain laurel blooming right now on Buffalo Mountain are definitely worth a look. It's not just that there a few bushes here or there blooming -- There are hundreds of bushes blooming everywhere along the trail between Huckleberry Knob and the Cascade on the trail leading to the Tip-Top overlook. I've never seen so many laurel blooming in one place. And they're huge. While their maximum height is listed as 6 feet, these were towering over me.
I chose this picture because it shows these fascinating flowers at each stage of their blooming -- from small star-like bud, to partially-opened flower, to full bloom. It's a short hike (less than 1/2 mile) from the parking area, so check it out if you're in the area! For a detailed Buffalo Mountain trail map, click here. Click here for a road map of the Buffalo Mountain Park area.