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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.

Within the first couple hours of the hike, there are beautiful wide open views of the mountains however, my friend and I started quite early in the morning and it was so foggy we couldn't see anything till the hike back. Some parts are quite muddy, but the red barn shelter at the end also has some great views!

One of the more scenic hikes I have ever been on. We shuttled up from Mountain Harbor and hiked to Overmountain Shelter on day 1. We heard weather was going to move in the next day, so we hiked the remaining portion on Day 2. Not a bad hike on day 2, until you get to Doll Flats and then the remaining 3-4 miles is a pretty steep drop. We were glad to get out on Day 2, because the next day it snowed!! The views from the balds are well worth the hike.

One of my favorite hikes! Nice rolling trail, gorgeous views almost the entire time. Going across the balds with good visibility is just breathtaking. Be prepared for snow and ice from late fall to late spring- the elevation makes a huge difference! Crampons can be a game changer in the cold months.

We didn’t actually do the whole hike due to time constraints, but going up and down the balds was cool and the views were unusually wide open for Eastern hiking. It was pretty muddy for much of the trail. But the views really were spectacular!

trail running
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Looking for information about this hike. I am planning a 2 night trip to make it a little easier. Can you camp anywhere of does it have to be at the shelters? Water sources? e-mail me please at keith.filson@att.net

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