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#44 of 433 state parks in Tennessee

Best trails in Roan Mountain State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, forest trails, wildlife 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. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Roan Mountain State Park ranging from 1.5 to 5.5 miles and from 2,670 to 3,779 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Roan Mountain State Park sits on more than 2,000 acres of rich hardwood forest at the base of the majestic Roan Mountain. With the Doe River running through the park, it gives life to an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers - this diversity of ecosystems gives guests opportunities to experience the outdoors in a whole different way. It was designated a state park in 1959. Guests have an opportunity to hike, fish, play tennis, swim, tour a farmhouse or join an naturalist educational program. There’s approximately 12 miles of hiking trails varying in difficulty to appease the needs of every type of hiker. Visitors can expect to see a variety of wildlife, such as: deer, turkeys, or black bears. For flora enthusiasts, there are Dutchman’s Breeches, trillium, and bee balm. For guests looking for an overnight stay, there are RV hookups, cabins, and campgrounds with a grill and picnic table. A naturalist is also available to provide programs for visitors year-round. Plan your next outdoor adventure at Roan Mountain State Park!

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Map of trails in Roan Mountain State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2,006 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Contact
423-547-3900
Top trails (11)
#1 - SB6K, South Beyond 6000 and Roan Highlands
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
Starting at the Carver's Gap Parking Area: Hike north on the AT, crossing Round Bald, Engine Gap, and Jane Bald for 1.9 mi; then leave the AT ascending the ridge 0.5 mi. to Grassy Ridge Bald (6160 ft.). Return to Carvers Gap and continue south on the AT for 1.5 mi. to Roan High Knob shelter. The summit of Roan High Knob (6285 ft.) is 0.1 mi. behind the shelter. Return to Carvers Gap for a moderate total hike of 8 mi; or, to qualify the third Roan peak, continue south on the AT for 0.7 mi. exiting the AT to the Parking Lot on the left. Continue 1.0 mi. through the rhododendron gardens following the Cloudland Trail to Roan High Bluff (6267 ft.). Retrace the route to Carvers Gap for a more difficult hike.Show more
#2 - Raven Rock Trail
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 57 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. For more information visit: For more information visit: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/roan-mountainShow more
#3 - Fred Behrend Trail
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. For more information visit: For more information visit: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/roan-mountainShow more
#4 - Cloudland Nature Loop
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 15 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closuresShow more
#5 - Blue 2 Trail
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 51 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. For more information visit: For more information visit: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/roan-mountainShow more
#6 - Moonshiner’s Run Trail Loop
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 59 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closuresShow more
#7 - Forest Road Trail from Gristmill Visitor Center
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. Show more
#8 - Roan Mountain Forest Road Trail
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures 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.Show more
#9 - Forest Road Trail (Cates Hole)
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closuresShow more
#10 - Tom Gray Trail Loop
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 14 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Easy short trail along the Doe RiverShow more
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