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Roan Mountain Wilderness & Unaka Mountain Wilderness Areas

This page is dedicated to discovering more about Roan and Unaka Mountain Wilderness Areas where many activities hosted by The Alternate Realities Center as well as the United States UFO Information and Research Center has in the past taken place and where, in the not too distant future, may do so once again...

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Nature's hand designed a special feature for visitors of the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests: a 6,285-foot ridge straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee State line.
The Roan is famous for its' natural gardens filled with a potpourri of wildflowers and rare plants. But the plant acclaimed for beauty is the Catawba rhododendron.
The mountain's treeless areas, called balds, offer panoramic views across a sweeping flow of grasses. Arranged on the summit are spruce-fir forests, an ecosystem normally found in Canada.
Another feature is the site of the Cloudland Hotel. Passing nearby is the Appalachian Trail, which extends from Georgia to Maine.

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The mountain's name is linked to many legends. One legend says Daniel Boone was a frequent mountain visitor, riding his roan or reddish-colored horse-hence the name. Another story claims the name refers to the red color of the mountain when the rhododendrons bloom or mountain ash berries appear in the fall.

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At the mountain's crest, the Roan Mountain Garden shows Nature's work at her best. Carpeted in thickets of rhododendron, the gardens are flooded with thousands of pink and lavender blossoms in late June.
Pruned by Nature's hand, one mature, plump rhododendron bloom can produce 100 flowers. The garden's trail winds around this natural wonder, taking visitors to a platform that over looks a sea of rhododendron and the valley.

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Many theories and legends exist concerning the phenomenomof the bald. Some scientists suggest that prehistoric animals, such as mastodons and mammoths, grazed these areas.
When these animals became extinct, bison and elk took over the job of keeping the balds treeless.
One legend says the balds came about when the Devil walked in the mountains. Each of his footsteps caused the growth to be stunted. Another possibility is that lightning striking the high mountain peak caused fires that have periodically burned off the drier tops of the mountains.

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A unique ecosystem wind gently strokes a 1-foot deep grass carpet that stretches for miles. Wildflowers and bushes break the green pattern with splashes of color. This is the spring and summer scene of the Roan balds-Round, Jane, Grassy Ridge, and Hump Mountain.
Unique features of this ecosystem are plants commonly found in northern climates. A relic from the ice age is the greys lily, a species found only in New England. The balds are also havens for other plants that normally thrive in high elevations of the southern Appalachians.

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Remnants of cold climates During the ice age, spruce-firforests covered the southern Appalachians. Tundra-like vegetation cloaked Roan Mountain, one of the coldest peaks. As the climate warmed over the last 20,000 years, the spruce-fir forests gradually retreated north-ward. Today these forests remain in thesouthern appalachian's highest points, such as the Roan.
Standing on the summit in clusters are Fraser fir skeletons--victims of ice storms, harsh winds, and an insect called the balsam woolly adelgid. Growing below these carcasses are seedlings, treasures for Christmas-tree growers.

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Today only a trace remains of a 300-room hotel built in 1885 on the Roan Mountain summit. Brainchild of Civil War General John T. Wilder, the Cloudland hotel became a retreat for hay fever sufferers and city folk. Advertising the mountain's pristine environnent, one ad states, come up out of the sultry plains to the land of the sky-magnificent views where the rivers are born... one-hundred mountain tops over 4,000 feet high, in sight. Sometime around 1910, the building was abandoned. Attributed to the hotel's demise were the expense of shipping goods and the short 3-month business season. From the hotel's site, visitors can view the mountain balds sitting in arow. In the summer, the summit's cool and gentle breeze offer refreshment from the oppressing heat below.

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