Although rhododendrons grow pretty much all over Callaway Gardens, the
best concentration of these large shrubs is on the Rhododendron Trail, a
fairly smooth, gently sloping, dirt path in a lolly-pop configuration.
Here is a small version of the Gardens'
property map and a larger
detail from the interpretive panel at the trailhead that shows
the location of the trail:
The trailhead is about a hundred feet from the entrance door into the
Butterfly Center. The closest parking is in the nearby woods but there
aren't very many spaces there. (Handicapped parking is also available
near the Butterfly Center.)
A better option on a
busy day is to park out on the main road
between the Pioneer Cabin and the driveway back to the Butterfly Center.
It's only about a quarter-mile walk from there on the Hydrangea Trail to the
Butterfly Center and Rhododendron Trail.
One end of the Hydrangea Trail
I walked the Rhododendron Trail twice -- on March 29 and
April 18. More rhododendrons were in bloom in mid-April than late March.
Photos in this entry are from both dates.
As with the azaleas, bloom time varies from year to year
so call the park or check the website to determine when most of the
rhododendrons are expected to be in bloom if that's what you most want
to see. The good thing is, with so many varieties the bloom season lasts
for several weeks.
Here are random photos showing the variety of
rhododendron blooms and some other interesting things that caught my eye
along this trail:
This trail isn't paved but it's
relatively smooth and flat, so probably OK for
wheelchairs and strollers.
A busy bee in that one
Here are a few other things that were blooming along the
Rhododendron Trail when I was here in March and April.
Fair warning! Fourth picture below is of a common non-venomous
king snake. Scroll down carefully if snakes freak you out!
A small part of a very large
clump of Lenten roses
Pale pink flowers on a large, old fruit tree
(cherry?) near the trailhead
See the daddy-long-legs spider
on this iris?
A common kingsnake along the
Next entry: Photo tribute to our ultrarunning
buddy, Matt Watts, who left us 'way too soon
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Casey-Girl, and Holly-Pup
© 2019 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil