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.Put Roan Mountain State Park into our Roan Mountain vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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The rhododendrons are in bloom! Go now! Hiked from parking lot across round, Jane and grassy and back for about 5 miles total. Breezy along the balds and a short rain shower in the afternoon, but view... more »
We rented cabin 26. No cars allowed up the asphalt trail to many cabins 21-30. If walking uphill is difficult for you, talking to representative prior to making reservation would be my humble suggesti... more »
June is the time of year the rhododendrons are in full bloom along with the flame azaleas. The drive to see them is up to 5,500 ft and a bit windy. But there are pullovers for fantastic views along th... 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!
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.
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.
We have been visiting the park as a group of friends every year since 2009 for summer camps and we love the park with it's very friendly staff. It is an amazing place for family vacationing if you are a nature lover.
I had a great time here. Cabins were comfy and it had lots great trails.
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