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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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  • Very good place for Woodfired oven Pizza. We have enjoyed Pizza, bread, and cookies from there. The owner is very knowledgeable about Woodfired ovens. 
  • My wife and I went camping at Roan Mountain State Park in the fall during our first visit to the Appalachian Mountains and it was absolutely beautiful! The campground itself was very clean and one of ...  more »
  • Unbelievable and beautiful. The Catawba Rhododendron was in full bloom, and the bushes are as big as trees up here. 
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  • Carver's Gap is by far one of the best places to pass through if you get the chance. The hike is diverse and beautiful-- going up in elevation, coming around the side of a mountain, and eventually reaching the Barn shelter. 10/10 recommend staying near the Barn at least once in your life. Always great to see the woolly worms and other wild life. Best time to go is in the spring. The park itself has great camping locations that are kept quiet at night with a ranger that patrols often (very nice, can't remember the fellow's name). The entire area is breath taking, well maintained, and worth ever second. The staff does a great job keeping information about the area around and are very welcoming at the visitor center. I drive 6 hours twice a year to come here. Always worth it. Always great memories
  • New to Tennessee looking to get out of the house so went up to the rhodedendron festival! Was most awesome time out with free music. Lots of great vendors though getting there with all the traffic was long & parking crowded, was well worth the trip! One of my best experiences so far in 5 months. Glad I found it online because is not easy for a new resident to find activities or make new friends.
  • Very beautiful and well maintained grounds. Cabins are sufficient and clean, even nice with the wood stove. If coming in summer, bring another fan. There is a ceiling fan and a floor fan for the entire cabin...not enough .This is not a concentration camp, instead a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors...if you want to sit on wi-fi all day, stay at home. Nice pool, nice paths to walk, nice music on weekends. Great for family groups.
  • I've been to many State and Private Camping areas in the Southeast but this (so far) is the "diamond" of them all. Incredible. Free Wifi at HQ building and camping area entrance. Amphitheater, concerts, tennis courts, swimming pool, game room that includes pool tables, trails, clean bathrooms and showers, scenic drive, beautiful creek, fishing, beautiful cabins, extremely nice hosts and rangers...and I know I've forgotten a few things. At 9:30 pm the camping area is so quiet a sneeze would probably cause all campers to jump! Every State park should use this place as an example to shoot for! Fully intend to return, wish I could live there permanently!!
  • Beautiful setting, but unfortunately it was rainy and foggy for days. Very nice cabin w/wood burning stove. But be mindful, if you choose a cabin that looks secluded or out of the way, you have to load up a cart with all your stuff and wheel it to your cabin up and down a hilly walkway. Was tossing stuff off the cart to get there 😃😄. Was there in November, empty and peaceful. Not so friendly staff but, would return.