Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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

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.

13 days 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.

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

22 days 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!

Description of this trail is a bit misleading. I was expecting it to be 10 miles round trip but it is actually 6.6 miles one way from Carver's Gap to the Stan Murray shelter. Went a little ways past that shelter before realizing we had definitely gone more than 5 miles and had to turn around. Never made it to the Overmountain shelter but it was almost all uphill on the way back and we were so exhausted we barely made it. Even so, we loved the views on the balds and the forest is also beautiful so once I have built up enough stamina for such a long hike I want to go back and do the whole 22 miles.

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!

1 month 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.

hiked this in may 2018 and loved the hike. lots of elevation change and beautiful views from the balds. plenty of good water sources and places to camp. stayed at mountain harbor hostel first night and caught shuttle to Hughes gap. then hiked back there in 2 days and stayed another night. then they dropped us up the trail to slackpack back. the three days of hiking were very diverse in scenery and terrain. would recommend for anyone. also I did calculate Hughes to the hostel was about 21 miles.

I did this hike in October with my dog. it was in the 40's and very windy, there was still a little ice on higher elevations so I'm glad I had his boots to tgo on him. It's one of the best hikes I've done as far as scenic views and lesser difficulty. It can get crowded with other day hikers but be selective in the day of week you go and that will help.
I loved this hike and will do it again, with my dog of course.

only 4 stars because of the number of day hikers.

Highly recommend. Beautiful 360 degree views. Areas of open fields with wildflowers. Areas for camping/shelter and water sources. Would make for a great hike in, overnight stay. It rained on us all day which made for some very wet terrain. Even areas of standing water. Difficult at times but never a regret.

beautiful, even when it's a torrential downpour.

This hike will make you feel alive again!!

2 months ago

Pretty easy going hike! There’s bathrooms and water fountains at the parking lot of the trail head.

2 months ago

We loved this hike! It cost $3 to get to the top but there are bathrooms located just outside the entrance to the trail. It was a fairly easy hike and the views are by far some of the best we’ve seen on our trip. Be sure to add this one to your list!

4 adults, 6 kids, 1 infant. Great short hike with a small dense forest and breathtaking views. We all really enjoyed it.

The trail markings were excellent and so was trail condition (some thinning was needed and was being done). We went out in the fog, we hit all the balds, but visibility was next to nothing. Not the hikes fault, all Mother Nature. We started at Carvers Gap and went to Yellow Mountain Gap (the barn camping area). We tented in the field with a few other hikers. Best tent area I have been to in a while. Water was nearby, but don’t forget your filter, you have to get it out of a creek. The hike out the next day was spectacular! Very little clouds. We even crossed paths with a very large and curious black bear.

Just finished this as a 3 day with my daughter and a friend. we parked at mt. harbour inn and shuttled to Hughes gap to start in the afternoon and get a few miles in for camp.

Water was abundant and we hiked fast but only progressed at about 1.5mph because the was so much to see that we had to stop and enjoy; that's why we're here.

Highly recommended section!

One of the best backpacking trips I’ve done. We chose the campsite on the top of Big Hump, and although it got super windy at one point and we were clouded in most of the time that night, we woke up in the morning to clear skies and a spectacular view of the mountains in every direction, and it was so worth the trek up there.

beautiful regardless of weather. it's similar to Pacific northwest. very easy even for someone out if shape and obese like me.

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