Visit Roan Mountain

Published 9:04 am Thursday, September 12, 2019


September 14

Doe River Snorkeling Excursion – 1-3 p.m. – Join us on Saturday, September 14th at 1:00PM for the final Doe River Snorkel Excursion on the 2019 season.  This session will take us to the Cates Hole section of the Doe River to explore the many fish, salamander, insects, and other creatures that call the Doe River home.  This program will begin at the Visitor Center porch and motorcade/carpool to the Cates Hole pull-off along HWY 143.

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Space is limited to 12 spots for ages 12 and up. Participation has a cost of $10 and snorkels/masks are provided. Participants are encouraged to wear close-toed water shoes in the river.  Minors must be accompanied by adults during the program.   

Meet at: Visitor Center Porch


September 17

Tuesday Blast On The Mountain, Roan Mountain Community Park (behind the post office), 4-5 p.m., Tai-Chi with Master Carol Ann Mitchell. Low impact stretching to relax the mind and improve flexibility and balance. All ages. $5 donation is appreciated; 4:30-6 p.m., Farmers Market with handcrafted quilts and assorted knitted items, fresh local produce, discount plants, delicious local honey and handmade soap. (This changes weekly as new produce comes into season); 6-7 p.m., Open Jam. Slow guided open jam session on the sound stage led by maestro Rhodyjane Meadows. Attendance is free. Bring your instruments and enjoy the fun; 7-8 p.m., Summer Concert Series. You won’t want to miss the Tuesday at Tunes Season Finale! Thistle Dew-Drops (Laura Laughridge and Rhodyjane Meadows) will reunite with DewDrop Emeritus Ellie Hjemmet for a harmony-filled evening of “Thistle-Chicks” backed by an all star band of Thistle-DEWds. Oh My. This is gonna be HUGE!!! Good family fun. Bring your lawn chairs, pack a picnic and come have some fun up in the mountains. You may be a stranger when you get here, but you’ll be a part of our family when you leave.


September 26

The Overmountain Victory Trail Association will present the story of the Overmountain Men and their journey to the Battle of Kings Mountain in September 1780.Join historical interpreters in period dress at the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater for an interesting and informative program.

Program begins at 6:00 PM.  There is no admission charge for this event.For more information, please contact:Steve Ricker, OVTA Director of Interpretation

Meet at:Park Amphitheater


September 28

Tennessee Serves: National Public Lands Day 2019 — 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. — Volunteer work day event for participants ages 12 and up. Please dress for the weather and for wet and muddy conditions. Wear sturdy shoes/boots, pack lunch/snacks, and drinking water. Specific project details to be determined, could include light trail maintenance, river clean-up, or invasive species removal. Please meet at Park Headquarters and be prepared to caravan to work sites throughout the park. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Owl Feeding – 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Join Park Ranger Keifer Helle at the Park Headquarters at 7:30 pm to learn and observe all about owls and their eating behaviours.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Fall Chili Cook-Off — 8 a.m.-noon — Cook up a pot of your secret recipe and compete for prizes, or just come sample the chefs’ creations! Everyone is welcome to kick-off the fall season with food, fun, and fellowship. Register prior to October 5 at the Park Headquarters or Campground Check-in Station. 8 a.m.-noon. Prizes will be awarded to the judges favorite chili, public favorite chili, best decorated chili booth, and overall best use of heat to flavor ratio (no burning off taste-buds!). Meet at Picnic Shelter #3 in Campground.

Saturday, Oct. 12

2019 Autumn Harvest Festival — Noon-3 p.m. — Step back in time with us at the Miller Farmstead. Our Autumn Harvest Festival brings guests back into the mid 1800s with historical tours of the farm, house, and land surrounding the area. The farmstead will be packed with historical demonstrations, games, traditional music, food, crafts, and more! Come out and support these local artists and re-enactors, or join in the fun by calling us to sign up as a vendor or re-enactor today. 

In case of bad weather, the festival will be moved to the Visitor’s Center. If the festival will be moved, we will post it on our park Facebook page and have a sign re-directing guests from the Farmstead entrance. Meet at: Miller Farmstead.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Halloween Fun Day – Events offered 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Enjoy a wide variety of program offerings from Roan Mountain State Park Ranger staff throughout the day as part of Halloween Fall Fun Day!

Activity schedule is as follows

9:00 AM  Fall on the Balds guided hike

10:30 AM Creepy Crawly Ones snake program

12:30 PM Corn Husk Halloween!

1:30 PM Pumpkin Carving on the Mountain

3:00 PM Hoo-lloween owl program

4:00 PM Campfire Stories and S’mores

All programs conclude by sunset and do not involve after-dark activities.

All programs will be canceled in case of rain/inclement weather.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Roan Mountain 10K Road Race — 11 a.m. — Compete with runners from across the state as part of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour. This certified 6.2 mile course is an all road (no trail!) race starting at 11 a.m. at Picnic Shelter 3. For more info/advance registration: (423) 547-3900,, or visit the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour website at Meet at Picnic Shelter #3 in Campground.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Old Time Yule Celebration — 1-3 p.m. — Celebrate Christmas with Roan Mountain State Park at the historic Miller Farmstead. This 1800s Christmas celebration will feature old-time traditional Christmas music, cookies and refreshments, a campfire, tours of the historic farmstead, and an old-timey letter writing station to Santa.  In case of bad weather, this event may be moved to the Conference Center. If the event will be moved, notice will be given on our Facebook Page and a sign redirecting traffic from the Farmstead entrance will be posted. Meet at: Miller Farmstead