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A lichen-covered gravestone.

Lichens almost obscure the names etched into this historic gravestone in the park.

NPS photo by Ben Zank.

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Did You Know?

Flame azalea can be found growing on heath balds in the park.

The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...