Explore the most popular birding trails in Roan Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The trail description is wrong. This is a 6.7 mile point to point hike.

Beautiful drive there. The parking lot is easily full. They have restrooms in the parking lot and offer lots of parking. The hike is a incline almost the whole time, but this is worth it! They maintain the hike well and it is beautiful! I didn't do the whole trail, but I got to the top and saw mountains forever!

This is a challenging hike, but thoroughly enjoyable. Did this during middle of October and caught absolutely breathtaking foliage colors and views. Started Friday afternoon via the local mountain inn bed and breakfast (they will shuttle you up the road and let you park your car in their lot for $40 or so) around 3 pm. Camped the first night near the old location of the hotel from 1800s. Nothing much than a sign marking the history of the hotel and a pleasant smelling Christmas tree forest. Second night we stayed near red barn shelter just off trail (there is good water source here as well). Started packing up early Sunday morning (around 7am) and we were back at the car by noon Sunday at the bed and breakfast. Sunday morning’s climb was probably the toughest of the entire journey. A solid 1.5 hours (if you’re very diligent and minimal stopping) of steep incline and the weather on this particular morning was not our friend (high winds and freezing, a bit of ice blowing around). Recommend you be in good psychical condition to undertake this one. Very rewarding couple of days out on this portion of the AT. The end of this trail puts you back out at the road near the bed and breakfast.

Just completed this section this week as my first foray onto the AT. Spectacular views from the balds. Last 6-7 miles to 19e were difficult and challenging. Spent night in Overmountain shelter. Great spot. Plenty of water available on the trail. I agree with other posters that the distance is more the 13.6 miles posted. Absolutely worthwhile trip

My daughter and I hiked this trail this weekend, and it was amazing! It was the first time for us to hike a trail that offered scenery all the way through. We continued to walk, excited to see what was around the corner! Will do it again in the Spring!

Just did this hike Oct 17-18. Took a shuttle from Mountain Harbour B and B to the top of Carvers Gap and hiked back to our car. From the beginning this hike is excellent!! There was a lot of wind so be ready! Great views on several balds to start! We hiked past Overmountain Shelter and over little hump and camped just past little hump in the woods where there were several sites and fire pits! Water sources close by as well. It did get into the upper 20s at night so we were a little chilly! Got up early and headed up Hump Mountain and the 360 degree views were amazing!!! The worst part of the hike was the 5 or so miles after hump back to 19e. Fairly gradual but it was pretty tiring! Would highly recommend this hike!

Tough hike, but gorgeous views make it worth it. The AT isn't marked that great at the spilt with it and grassy knoll. For a first timer it's easy to miss.

Easy and beautiful hike! Because of that combo, there were crowds of people but we were still able to enjoy the views and take some pictures. Would like to hike on to Jane Bald next time!

Wow. Best views around. Be warned, it is longer than 13 miles, and having a heavy pack takes a toll.

Definitely NOT for novices!!! Beautiful views but difficult especially down hill which last six miles are.

Backpacked this trail in 3 days, 2 nights with my friend and my dog. Hughes gap to Roan High Knob is a hell of a climb. Camped on Roan High Knob for night 1. No water sources until Carver's gap where there is a spring just off the trail near the parking lot. Went from Roan High Knob to the Overmountain shelter where we camped for night 2. Plenty of good flowing springs from Carver's gap to the Overmountain shelter. Overmountain shelter is an incredible experience and I would highly recommend staying there. You will likely be in the company of other hikers so if you want a solitary experience then I would not stay at or near the overmountain shelter. There are also good flowing springs at the overmountain shelter. Little hump and big hump mountain are pretty tough climbs but they offer great views, especially big hump mountain. After Big hump mountain, the rest of the hike to Doll flats and then to 19e is straight downhill. I would recommend Bob's Dairyland in Roan Mountain, TN for a post trail meal. I will 100% be hiking this part of the AT again at some point.

Great hike. Weather can be varied from 70-80 to the Teens during the fall. So be prepared!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Little hump and Big hump were tough but not impossible. Springs were easily marked at Overmountain Shelter, between little hump and big hump, and at Doll Flats (11ish mi).

Wonderful hike, has one very steep section that is icy in the winter/early spring. Can be windy. Lovely views, great place to take children 7+ years old. Could be difficult for younger children. I went on a Saturday and there was heavy foot traffic.

Just hiked this section this weekend and absolutely loved it! Instead of staying the night at Overmountain shelter I hiked the extra ~2 miles on day 1 to stay on top of Little Hump and it was well worth it! There are a few grassy areas that are perfect for pitching a tent and you wake up with the most breathtaking views. Also, as a female solo traveler I felt like this trail was very safe and easy to navigate since you don't have to jump from trail to trail. This part of the AT is very well maintained and blazed and I never felt worried about getting lost or in an unsafe situation. The downhill slopes after Doll Flats are tough though and I was very glad I brought my trekking pole for some extra support! Overall amazing section with some incredible views!

It was my first hike but I was with experienced guys and it now has me hooked on hiking. It was difficult but well worth it.

3 months ago


Easy-moderate 3 mile round trip on this portion of the AT. Significantly easier than doing the 1 1/2 mile longer segment to Grassy Ridge Bald. Great views and nicely maintained trail. Only downside of this area is the occasional inconsiderate dog owner who fails to observe leash rules or to clean up their poo. No excuse for that behavior.

3 months ago

Bring water and your camera. The view at the end of the trail is amazing.

Scenic all along the trail. As a hiker who backpacks approximately twice a year, it was difficult but the views were 100% worth it.

Very nice hike. Go all the way to Grassy Ridge for a longer hike. Early start to beat the crowd is recommended.

Heavily trafficked on Labor Day weekend, this was still am enjoyable, quick hike to the top. A few campers were up there. We would go back again and then continue on to Jane Knob

3 months ago

There is no waterfall on this trail. If you scroll.down far enough in these comments, you'll see that someone has posted in the wrong "Cloud land." That may be where the confusion. Also, this trail is EASY, not moderate.
Two great views are on this trail, and a lot of enjoyable woods.

Great weekend hike with beautiful views all the way through!

Hello! I'm looking to hike/camp on this trail soon and was wondering if it's necessary to have a bear canister? I currently don't own one, so if you know of a place close by that you can rent one, that would also be helpful!

thank you!

4 months ago

My wife and I hiked with our 5, 10, 12 year olds. A little muddy will all the rain we had lately, but Perfect distance for the little legs and the view was stunning! $3 to park. So enjoyed the peacefulness and seeing God’s amazing creation!

Loved this section of the AT! So beautiful. Took my girls (age 7 & 10) backpacking for the weekend and this was great for them as well. They are pretty tough kiddos and did great. We stayed at the Mountain Harbour B&B, and after an awesome, huge breakfast, we were shuttled to Carvers Gap and started our hike back to 19E. Big Bald was intense but we loved every minute of it. This is defiantly a section I would love to repeat.

just completed this but started further out at iron mountain gap. loved the trail. Plenty of water and some rain with high winds which was awesome. The last few miles going down was really rocky so keep that in mind if you have bad knees or feet. I would use boots instead of trail runners. Short walk down the road to Mountain Harbour B&B at end so turn left once you get on 19E.

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