Roan Mountain State Park is nestled against the base of the majestic 6,285-foot Roan Mountain, one of the highest peaks of the Southern Appalachians. This special Tennessee state park encompasses 2,006 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park, and supports a healthy population of trout. Elevation within the park ranges from approximately 2600’ in the Doe River Valley, to approximately 3800’ on the surrounding ridge crests. The combination of its beautiful mountain environment, unique flora and fauna, and its rich Appalachian cultural history set Roan Mountain apart from other parks. As the highest elevation park in the state, Roan Mountain State Park is truly the “crown jewel” of Tennessee State Parks.
Visitors to the park will find several amenities. There are 30 comfortable AAA cabins, as well as RV and tent camping in the 107-site campground. Visitors can hike along the creeks and ridges, fish for trout, challenge their skills on a mountain bike, clap their hands and stomp their feet to mountain music, tour the century-old Miller Farmstead, or even enjoy cross-country skiing in the winter months! Other opportunities for recreation include tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, and an outdoor pool. An outdoor amphitheater provides a pleasant venue for traditional music and dance performances. Park Rangers and seasonal interpreters present educational programs almost daily throughout the summer. Several special events are hosted by the park, including the annual Rhododendron Festival celebrating the world-famous bloom of Catawba rhododendron that sets the mountain ablaze with pink and purple blossoms each June.
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