Roan Mountain Events

Published 9:10 am Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thursday, July 26

Balds Hike (RMSP) – 11:30AM: Come explore the unique environment of the Roan Highland Balds. We will begin our hike along the Appalachian Trail at Carver’s Gap to Round Bald. Be prepared for a 2 mile out and back hike with plenty of water and snacks. Meet Shane at park headquarters prepared to carpool 8 miles up to Carver’s Gap.

Dining with the Owls (RMSP) – 5:00PM: Meet Shane at the aviary next to the Park Office to learn a little about the park’s three full-time owl residents and watch as they devour their dinner.

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Friday, July 27

Fashion-A-Fish (RMSP)—10:00AM: Meet Shane McConnell at Picnic Shelter 1 to discuss a few types of fish found in the Doe River. Afterwards, create your own colorful fish to take home as a keepsake.

Primitive Weapons (RMSP) —1:00PM: Meet Shane McConnell at Picnic Shelter 3 in the campground to try your hand at a few primitive hunting techniques, the tomahawk and the atlatl!

Wild about Wildflowers (RMSP) —2:30PM: Interested in the beautiful wildflowers seen around the park? Meet Shane McConnell at the Miller Farmstead parking lot and discover some common species and why they grow so easily in the park.

Junior Bigfoot Hunt (RMSP) – 3:00PM: Attention kids ages 6-12! Join Ranger Keifer Helle at the Campground Check-in station for a Bigfoot Hunt along the Tom Gray Nature Trail. Bigfoot has reportedly been spotted along the river, and we must investigate with your help! Space is limited to 20 kids and participation costs $5 per child. Register on our park website.

Ascent to Raven Rock (RMSP) – 3:30PM:  Join Tyler on an adventurous trek to Raven Rock. This 1 mile loop trail features a strenuous ascent to a breathtaking overlook. Begin your journey at picnic shelter 3 with good shoes and plenty of water!

Full Moon Adventure Hike (RMSP) – 8:00PM: Enjoy the night sky on an ~2-mile hike with Ranger Jesse Sexton along the Blue 2 Trail. This fee-based program is limited to 12 participants and costs $3 per hiker. Register online on our park website. This hike will feature great views of the stars, full moon, and nightlife in the mountainous woods of Roan Mountain. Meet at the Shelter 2 Parking Lot to begin.

Saturday, July 28

BCHET: Outpost 3 Trail Ride — Meet at new parking lot (Happy Trails Park) on Old Railroad Grade Road near the prison. Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. departure. Ride will start on Walnut Mountain Road at intersection with Cherry Flats Road (FS 50 A). Estimated ride time is 4 hours. Questions, call Bill Watson 423-772-3033 (H) or 423-213-3171 (C).

Xtreme Roan Adventures Youth Rally 2018 — 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Children ages four and up enjoy a fun-filled day of nature talks, hikes, live animal exhibits, and lunch. Sponsored by the Friends of Roan Mountain, pre-registration required. For more information contact Roan Mountain State Park at 423-772-0190 or Friends of Roan Mountain at 423-773-9234 or email

Morning on the Farmstead (RMSP) – 10:00AM: Enjoy an easy morning at the farmstead by taking a stroll through the farmhouse and the surrounding property learning the history of the land. Meet Shane at the farmstead parking lot to begin the tour.

Grist Mill Tour (RMSP) – 3:00PM: Come learn about the history of the region by taking a tour of our Grist Mill. Meet Shane at the Visitor’s Center.

Meet the Owls (RMSP) – 3:30PM: Meet Tyler at the aviary next to the Park Office to learn a little about our friends in flight, the owl.

Summer Concert Series: Bandwagon Fallacy (RMSP) – 7:30PM: This groovy band hails from just over the mountain in Buladean, NC. Bandwagon Fallacy rocks the house with old-time favorites and touching originals from classic rock, country, folk and soul. Concerts will be held at the Amphitheater and in poor weather they will be held at Picnic Shelter 3. Admission is free but donations are accepted!

Family Full Moon Hike (RMSP) – 9:00PM: Join Ranger Jesse at the Miller Farmstead Gate for a moonlight stroll along the top of the Miller Farmstead and Strawberry Bald. Enjoy stellar views of the full moon and stars. Hike is limited to 20 participants and costs $3. Register on our park website

Sunday, July 29

Bicycle Ride (RMSP) – 9:00AM: Meet Tyler at the Camper Check-in station with your bike and helmet. We will have a short bike safety class followed by a guided bike ride through the park to practice safe riding.

Tom Gray Nature Walk (RMSP) – 11:00AM: Learn our park’s flora and fauna with Tyler Wicks on a half-mile nature walk along the Tom Gray Nature Trail. Meet at Picnic Shelter 3 in the campground to begin!

Doe River Snorkeling Excursion (RMSP) – 1:00PM: Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen for a fee-based snorkeling tour of the Doe River. This adventure is limited to 10 participants and registration is $8. Register your spot on our park website! The adventure begins at the park Visitor’s Center.

***NOTE from Roan Mountain State Park: Due to damage sustained during a flood event on the Doe River, there are two trail bridges in the park that are no longer available. The bridge connecting the wetland boardwalk trail to Picnic Shelter 2 is gone, as is the bridge connecting the Group Camp area to the Riverside Trail. Walking access along the western bank of the Doe River is still available via the Riverside Trail access point from Picnic Shelter 2 or via the Fred Behrend Trail access behind the Camp Store in the Campground. Thank you for your patience as we work to replace these bridges.