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Nestled at the base of 6,285-foot Roan Mountain, the beautiful Roan Mountain State Park covers 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest. Created as a park in the 1950s, Roan Mountain is eight miles from Carver’s Gap, which provides access to the Appalachian Trail and famed rhododendron gardens. Park elevations range from 3,000 feet in the valley to about 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. For one of the best views on the Appalachian Trial, park in the parking lot at Carver’s Gap and walk to the north to a series of grassy balds for unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. The south climb goes to the ...

Nestled at the base of 6,285-foot Roan Mountain, the beautiful Roan Mountain State Park covers 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest. Created as a park in the 1950s, Roan Mountain is eight miles from Carver’s Gap, which provides access to the Appalachian Trail and famed rhododendron gardens. Park elevations range from 3,000 feet in the valley to about 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. For one of the best views on the Appalachian Trial, park in the parking lot at Carver’s Gap and walk to the north to a series of grassy balds for unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. The south climb goes to the high point of the Roan Mountain ridge, 6,285-foot Roan High Knob. Another popular attraction is the 1909 Miller House, which preserves the way folks used to live in the mountains. A barn, corncrib, smokehouse, chicken house, spring house, outhouse, hog pen and root cellar surround the old house. On summer Saturdays, local musicians, storytellers and demonstrators share their talents at the Miller House.

The park’s rich hardwood forests are home to a wealth of wildlife and wildflowers. Other attractions include cabins, campground, 12 miles of hiking trails, more than two miles of mountain bike trail, heated swimming pool, playgrounds, playing fields, tennis court, game room, picnic areas, convention center and much more. Originating just above the park on Roan Mountain, the Doe River is home to three species of trout — native brook trout, rainbow and brown trout.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late June for the Rhododendron Festival