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Roan Mountain State Park, Roan Mountain

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Roan Mountain State Park is a Tennessee state park in Carter County, in Northeast Tennessee. It is close to the Tennessee-North Carolina border and near the community of Roan Mountain, Tennessee. Situated in the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, the park preserves 2,006acre of mostly hardwood forest. The park is in close proximity to 6,285ft Roan Mountain and the Appalachian Trail, both of which are owned and managed by the US Forest Service.ActivitiesRoan Mountain State Park hosts a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, camping, cross-country skiing (during snowy, winter months), fishing, and swimming. A heated swimming pool is open from Memorial Day to mid-August. At an elevation of 2,972 feet (906 m), the outdoor swimming pool is at the highest elevation of any swimming pool within the Tennessee State Park System. Other attractions include the historic Miller homestead and the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival. The festival is held in the park annually, during the peak of the alpine catawba rhododendron bloom in late June.
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  • We rented a cabin while going on the blue ridge. It's comfortable with 3 beds, a table and chairs as well as living room. Each cabin has a full bath and kitchen and a porch with rocking chairs. Outsid...  more »
  • We enjoyed our drive through the beautiful park, and were particularly enthralled with the hike up to the balds at Carver's Gap. Not to be missed! We were also very appreciative of the kindness and co...  more »
  • Have camped here three times, the last being a weekend family trip. Consistently the easiest process to book online and check-in ever. Facilities clean, staff super friendly, activities great. Heated ...  more »
  • My version of heaven. I've motorcycle camped here a few times and make any excuse I can to make the 10 hour drive to spend time at this wonderful park. I love tent camping right next to the river and have done so numerous times. Every single time it is exactly what the doctor ordered and when I have to regretfully leave, I do so with fully recharged batteries. Don't tell too many people though, got to keep this place a secret!
  • Our favorite staycation spot in NE TN. Plenty of tent and RV camping spots, and easy to use restroom facilities. Short walk to the pool during summer months. Hike the trails or sit down and read, it is very relaxing.
  • If you’re looking for a peaceful camping area go to Roan Mountain State Park in the winter or early spring. We went to Roan Mountain in mid-March there were five other campers besides us. We felt as though we had the place to ourselves. We hiked a couple of the trails, then hiked them again the next day because it had snowed and made everything look so beautiful with the snow covering the rhododendron plants and dusting the banks of the creek.
  • Stunning view on Round Bald-Engine Bald-Jane Bald trail. Reminds me of scenes from movie Sound of Music. "The hills are alive with the sounds of music". The camping facility is one of the best, very clean with warm water for shower.
  • My favorite place to get snowed in. The Park office even supplies sleds at no cost. The cabins are clean and we'll stocked. Best part...the firewood is supplied and free. Great place for the family. I've only ever been there in the winter but I'm sure it's beautiful in the other seasons too.

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