Roan Mountain State Park

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Roan Mountain State Park
4.5
State Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Roan Mountain State Park is home to over 2000 acres of preserved forest. This park is rich in biodiversity and is home to the crystal clear doe river. Some popular activities are trout fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. There are also numerous overnight options such as fully equipped cabins, and over a hundred campsites. More information on this park and many more can be found at the TN State Parks website.
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biztravel2
Cordova, TN407 contributions
Great views and camping
Sep 2021 • Friends
We met several friends for 5 nights. The campground was well maintained and bathrooms were always clean. Staff was friendly.

There are hills in the campground so if we come back would reserve a spot in the lower camping loop. Trout fishing in the park and nice hiking. One trail was closed but there was only a sign on one side of the loop. We had already hiked 1.5 miles and were .2 mile from the end when we saw the closed sign. It was passable but has trees across the trail.

There is a great pizza and bakery in town.
Written September 18, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words about our terrific staff and the cleanliness of our park. We will make sure to pass your comments along. We are sorry about the trail. We have had several trees to come down recently with the rains and winds from the passing storms. We are working to clear them, but it is a massive job!
Written September 21, 2021
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Elizabeth
Knoxville, TN8 contributions
Breathtaking Views
Jul 2021 • Couples
One of the most amazing views you’ll ever see! We have been twice now, and both times we were in awe. The best time of the year to go is in June so that you can be sure to also see the blooming rhododendrons, which are breathtaking. The hike up to the balds is very steep but fairly short. The trail is paved, so it’s still accessible for children and the elderly.
Written September 7, 2021
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This is great news! We're so happy to know that you had a good experience.
Written September 10, 2021
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Michael R
Granville, OH493 contributions
Fantastic views from the balds and high bluffs
Aug 2021
There were really terrific views from several vantage points on different moderate hikes. We started at the roadside parking at Carver's Gap virtually on the NC-TN state line, and hiked east along the Appalachian Trail to the top of the first of three balds. We only went to the first one, Round Bald, a moderate 0.6 miles in, and got a spectacular 360 degree view looking south into NC and north into TN, and the other two balds to the east. One can hike to Jane Bald and then Big Grassy Bald and on a future visit I'd like to do that. We then drove up the side road adjacent to the Carver's Gap parking (or you can hike there going west on the Appalachian Trail) to the Cloudland Trail on Roan High Bluff. A side trail 0.2 miles in leads to a terrific overview looking north. We then hiked 1.2 miles further through the rhododendron garden and an even more spectacular view from the high bluff. Well worth it.
A couple other notes about the High Bluff trail specifically: there is a parking fee of $3 which you pay at an unattended paybox, on the honor system. Cash only. Also, a popular trails website implied that the Cloudland Trail is accessed from the ruins of a defunct hotel which is at the far end of the parking loop. We spent an hour following the wrong trail from there before figuring out that the Cloudland Trail that goes to the High Bluff overlooks specifically starts at a point near the entrance to the parking loop. It is well marked but _only_ if you drive or walk past the restrooms toward the exit of the parking lot.
Written August 29, 2021
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This is great news! We're so happy to know that you had a good experience.
Written September 10, 2021
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angela11BoraBora
bora bora7 contributions
Fabulous visit!!!
Aug 2021 • Family
So fabulous as always!!! Our family and friends absolutely love every visit to Roan. The staff are so friendly, helpful and welcoming- especially Brenda Williams at the campground. She’s the absolute best! I highly recommend visiting and staying at this park.
Written August 17, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words about our terrific staff and park. We will make sure to pass your comments along. Hope to see you soon!
Written August 23, 2021
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countryeditor
Martha's Vineyard, MA73 contributions
Great access to Appalachian Trail
Jul 2021
We stayed for two nights in a cabin at Roan Mountain State Park, expecting to do a lot of hiking in the park. We soon discovered that the park is only 8 miles from the Appalachian Trail. You drive up the mountain to Carvers Gap (where it can be difficult to find a parking space, depending on the time of day) and then hike the A.T. to Round Bald and Jane Bald. Just past Jane Bald, you can veer off on another trail and go on to Grassy Ridge Bald. It's about 5.5 miles from Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald and back. The next day, we drove on past Carvers Gap, paid a $3 admission fee, and then hiked to the rhododendron gardens and Roan High Bluff (highly recommended!).

As for Roan Mountain State Park, a couple of notes:
1. If you're staying at the cabins, you check in at the Park Headquarters (not the Visitors Center). The GPS address they give you is quite a distance away from the Park Headquarters.
2. The Tennessee State Parks website says that the Miller Farmstead is open Wednesday through Sunday, but it was closed when we visited on Wednesday, July 21.
3. Our cabin had a power outage from around 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. one of the days we stayed there. The emergency light over the staircase came on.
Written July 26, 2021
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Hello countryeditor, thanks for the positive feedback! We're always happy to hear good things from our customers.
Written July 30, 2021
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Ilion62
Smithtown, NY104 contributions
Massive Rhododendrons at top!
Jul 2021 • Friends
Stunning I’m sure if you make it up mountain mid-June while masses of rhododendrons are in bloom. Wild and mature rhododendrons literally blanket mount ant at top. We were late in early July and most blooms had faded. Will make sure to make Rhody festival in June next year.
Written July 11, 2021
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We are happy to know that you enjoyed your trip! The rhododendron are hard to catch at peak, because they depend solely upon the weather as to when they bloom and how long they last! Thank you for the review!
Written July 22, 2021
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mathstud
Mulberry, FL262 contributions
Awesome!
Jun 2021 • Solo
Wow! What an awesome visit. The visitor center had a good exhibit. The farmstead was very good. The rodadendrum garden was great, although I recommend some bug repellant. There was a $3 parking fee but worth it.
Written June 27, 2021
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Thank you for sharing many of the great features of our park. We appreciate your review and look forward to your next visit!
Written July 9, 2021
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Wilsonfamilyoffour
56 contributions
Quick cabin getaway
Feb 2021 • Family
Stayed for 2 nights in a cabin. Very peaceful and tranquil setting. Be aware, there is no cell phone service here in the park, but that just adds to the peacefulness of this place. The cabins are warm and no-frills. They have everything you need for a stay. Loved our time with our family there.
Written February 17, 2021
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This is great news! We're so happy to know that you had a good experience.
Written February 26, 2021
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Fisher327
Laramie, WY223 contributions
Absolutely Beautiful
Oct 2020 • Solo
The dogs and I totally enjoyed this beautiful, scenic state park. We were about 5 dates late for peak leaf change nevertheless the yellows, reds, and golds were still in abundance.
Written October 24, 2020
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Thank you for the great review! The leaves have been specular this year! Looking forward to your next visit.
Written November 2, 2020
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Valerie C
4 contributions
Excellent RV camping
Oct 2020
We traveled in a small RV and camped at Roan Mountain State Park campground. Water & electric hook ups, large paved space with a great stone fire put, charcoal grill, picnic table and beautiful wooded setting. Park ranger was very helpful when we arrived at the campground after dark. Just a beautiful tranquil place to camp. Looking forward to visiting again!
Written October 20, 2020
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Thank you for the positive feedback about our amazing campground, and the kind words about our Park Ranger! We will make sure to pass your comments along! Please visit us again soon!
Written October 23, 2020
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