June and July are the months to visit this spectacular showplace of Catawba rhododendron
and other late-blooming wildflowers. Long after the blooms have been spent
on the lower elevations, the violets, blackberry, Mayapple and Turkscap
lily come into their own in this high-altitude portion of the Parkway.
This heath bald is only one of many throughout the Southern Appalachian
Mountains; the name refers to the bald appearance of the mountaintop,
which is in reality covered with grasses or mountain shrubbery.
You may walk through the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center by clicking on the "hot spots"
in the movie. While spinning the panoramas, looking around the room, your cursor will change
into a large arrow pointing up. This specifies a "hot spot". Click
the movie when this appears and you will be "virtually" walking through the building.