AAA Editor Notes
Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve is 20 mi. n. on SR 1, then .5 mi. e. on Kruse Ranch Rd. The period of peak bloom for these rhododendrons—some up to 14 feet tall—is late April to early June. The lush understory growth includes mosses, ferns and sorrel. Four miles of hiking trails wind through the reserve's 317 acres.
Note: The road to the reserve is rough and should be driven with caution. The reserve is not suitable for vehicles larger than a van or pickup truck; trailers are not permitted. At press time the road was closed due to storm damage. Visitors may park outside the park and walk in.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.