What to do in Roan Mountain State Park

Roan Mountain State Park contains 2,006-acres nestled in the foot slopes of Roan Mountain. High mountain peaks, such as The Roan, with an elevation of 6,285 feet, form a backdrop to the park. To add to the beauty, 10 miles of Grassy Balds, the longest anywhere in the world, stretch from Caver's Gap on The Roan north to Big Hump Mountain. In June the Catawba Rhododendron, with its crimson red flowers, grace the mountain tops.

It was in 1870 that the first settlers, Dave and Louise Miller, came to this mountain holler, living in a small log cabin then located in front of today's house. In 1919, a second log house was built where Dave and Louise lived out their days while Nathaniel, his wife, and five children made their home in the white frame house. It was in 1924 that Nathaniel died and his son, Frank, took over the farm.

Today, the Miller Homestead, offers the visitor a unique glimpse into the ways of life in the early 1900's in the southern Appalachian mountains. While visiting the park, be sure to visit Strawberry Mountain and experience the warm atmosphere of this unique home place.

The recreation/conference lodge is now complete. The lodge features a large game room with ping pong tables, pool table, and various game machines. Also, a large conference/meeting room is available in the lodge. The conference section of the lodge can be reserved by groups or individuals.

Atop Roan Mountain, the Appalachian Trail crosses this location and continues up to Round Bald (elevation 5826 ft.) The highest peak on the mountain is the Roan High Knob (elevation 6285 ft.).

Recreation
The lodge features a large game room with ping pong tables, pool table, and various game machines. Also, a large conference/meeting room is available in the lodge. The conference section of the lodge can be reserved by groups or individuals.

Fishing, camping, hiking and viewing historical sites are available at this Park.

Location
Exit I-81 at the Roan Mountain State Park/Elizabethton exit (Highway 67). Take Hwy. 19E South out of Elizabethon, TN toward Roan Mountain, the park is approximately 16 miles south of Elizabethton.

From Boone, NC take Hwy. 105 to Newland, NC. Take Hwy. 194 North out of Newland toward Roan Mountain, TN. At Elk Park, NC, take Hwy. 19E to Roan Mountain, TN. In Roan Mountain, turn on Highway 143.

Climate
Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Address
1015 Hwy 143
Roan Mountain, TN 37667

Phone: 423-772-0190

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