Cahas Mountain

Registered  Location Sponsor
September, 1992 Franklin County Blue Ridge Chapter


Located on the highest mountain in Franklin County, these 100-plus forested acres contain a rich diversity of plants, including a number of state-rare plants and plants that are disjunct from their normal range. Acres of early spring flora provide an outstanding display each year.

From the November, 1992 edition of the VNPS Bulletin:

The Cahas Mountain property of Paul James, first president of Blue Ridge chapter, also was registered and recognized by VNPS members. This 100-acre mountainside in Franklin county has been the site of numerous chapter hikes and several field trips during the Science Museum of Western Virginia’s Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. As he accepted a Registry plaque and a framed print of one of his prime botanical interests—rhododendrons, James invited Society members to tour the site, particularly in spring when it becomes a virtual explosion of wildflowers in bloom.

Read more about this beautiful private property in the May 2020 Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

Cahas Mountain from the Home of Paul James – Photo by Donald W. Hyatt


Cahas Mountain, southwest of Roanaoke, reaches 3,571 feet.

Cahas Mountain Road, Dillons Mill, Virginia

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