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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.

6 days ago

You can make this hike long or short. We made it a short hike by driving to within 1/2 mile of the overlook.You can accomplish this by driving to the bus parking lot, and then follow the exit road to the sign for the trail. The trail is well maintained and quite pleasant but the big payoff is at the end when you get to the overlook platform. You are at over 6100 feet and on a clear day can see for miles! I really enjoyed this short little hike with the big payoff!

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Camped on top of Hump Mountain with a few groups of friendly hikers and enjoyed an unbelievable sunset and sunrise from the peak. Challenging hike as well, great weekend backpacking trip!

ugh ... damn, hump and little hump... wow were they impressive, and quite the ass-kickers!

1 month ago

Parked at Mountain Harbor B&B/Hiker Hostel on HY 19E NC-TN line approximately 4hrs from Raleigh NC. shuttle up to carvers gap started at 10 am from there, at Jane's bald the trail goes left. there is water about 100 yards down from the split if you need it (piped) was setting up tent at the red barn by 2:30 about a 9 mile day . Awesome night with a bunch of good people to sit around camp fire with and good water source there. From the red barn to E19 is a tough hike but is the best part well worth it . You don't have to be a season hiker for this but will help if your in shape. I will do this again but will start at Iron Mt for a three day.

This is by far my favorite place to backpack. I have lost count of how many times I have hiked here! Beautiful views and well worth the elevation changes! Enjoy!

This trail is great for trail running. It's a single track trail that's fairly smooth overall. Lots of thru hikers which was great. I definitely want this run again. It's up and down but beautiful run.

My first time Hiking- We got lost on the trail and couldn't find the shelter or springs and had to spend the night out in open with no food, water or shelter. Make sure to bring a MAP with you since the shelter is off trail a bit(we never found it). Views the next day were AMAZING-
Check out my video from this hike- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFrsl5w6BdY&feature=youtu.be

Did an overnight starting at Carver's Gap. This trail had it all! Perfect for an overnight trip.

great hike if you going to do it as a o e night camp . I suggest camp at over the mountain victory trail shelter is a big barn and a nice view . this trail has it all many great views. highly recommended