Visit Roan Mountain

Published 8:44 am Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday, 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.

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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

Saturday, 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