Looking for a great trail in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Roan Mountain State Park ranging from 1.6 to 2.2 miles and from 2,670 to 3,024 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Roan Mountain State Park encompasses 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest at the base of 6,285 foot Roan Mountain. Park elevation ranges from 3,000 feet in the valley to around 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. Rich hardwood forests allow for a great diversity of life and a wide range of outdoor activities. Park guests have opportunities to hike along creeks and ridges, fish for trout, play tennis, swim, tour a century old farmhouse, join rangers and naturalists for educational programs, and enjoy mountain music concerts. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. From Dutchman's-breeches to deer, trillium to turkeys and bee balm to black bears there is always something to discover. Guests who wish to stay overnight have a choice of RV and tent camping or fully equipped AAA cabins. The Appalachian Trail and famous Rhododendron Gardens of Roan Mountain can be accessed at Carver's Gap, an 8 mile drive from the park. A naturalist is on hand year round to provide programs for visitors to the park and special groups.

Trail was in great shape but it’s a Moderate trail in my opinion. Took 1hr 15m up and 45m down for a 5.5 mile hike.

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13 days ago

Great quick hike. Small bear near the trail.

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1 month ago

This trail has the same name as one on the top of Roan Mountain and I believe that is where the picture on the front is from. This trail that is on the map starts at the Waterwheel and makes it way along the river then up the hill. May need to change the name of one of them so people don't get confused.

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1 month ago

Fun trail that has a lot of elevation change.

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1 month ago

Great trail for a evening or when you don’t have a lot of time. I go there after work. Not to steep and sometimes see a deer.

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3 months ago

Fairly easy trail to be rated as moderate. Fun time, beautiful scenery, but after much rain, quite slippery! I know, cause I slipped on a rock!

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3 months ago

Overall a good small trail for a short hike. Elevation changes were frequent so more challenging than some others. Trail was a bit slippery in places; would make it more difficult after a hard rain.

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4 months ago

SUPER easy and very short. Nice views of the water.

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4 months ago

I parked at the camp ground off Roan Road (HWY 143), crossed Roan Road on foot to get to the trail, and accessed the loop from there. The AllTrails recording is accurate and a great guide to refer to on this trail. The ascent is an uphill, but doable, and worth the views at the top.

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4 months ago

Easy and short loop along the Doe River. Trail head is near campground playground.

Trail begins across road from campground, look for purple blazes. Mostly easy to moderate with some sections that are very steep grades. The Forest Road Trail intersects with a few other trails in the park. Combine this trail with the Moonshiners Run Trail and the Riverside Trail to create a loop back to the campground.

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4 months ago

Steep but an amazing trail. Great view from the overlook. Trail needs some maintenance and clearing. I started from the campground end of the Forest Rd Trail along Highway 143. The trail is next to the park sign directly across from the campground road and is blazed purple.

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5 months ago

Short hike but steep. Might be considered difficult for some. Nice views.

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5 months ago

Not sure if my GPS spazzed out or if the trail is recorded incorrectly will try again

5 months ago

The photo posted for this trail is not part of this trail. There is no overlook or vantage point. It's a short trail with some cool rock formations along the way. Very well maintained and well marked. It's ranked as moderate but I'd say it's just barely on the moderate side and much easier than I expected. Low rating due to the misleading photo that led me to believe there would be a lookout or vantage point.

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6 months ago

Trail would be beautiful when the rhododendrons are blooming. Pretty steep - not good for small children.

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7 months ago

Fun short hike. Is a bit narrow and can get very slippery after a rain fall. Great overlook about halfway through the hike.

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11 months ago

Kid and dog friendly. Some places can get pretty muddy. Wonderful view and the trail is mostly shaded.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This is one of my favorite spots on the planet. We went on a misty, clouded day and made it to the overlook. It was stunning, to watch the clouds rushing up to meet us over the side of the cliff. My friends and I road-tripped the South for a month and did many hikes, this way by far my favorite.

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on Raven Rock Trail

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on Fred Behrend Trail

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