Visit Roan Mountain

Published 2:51 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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Covid-19 has had effects on our events. For more information, please visit our Keeping Visitors Healthy page.
Please note that all programs, events and tours require masks for all participants.
Tuesday, July 28
Fiddlers Club: Weekly Group Lesson – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Cost is $10.00 – Lessons are taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day and focus on traditional tunes and playing techniques.
All you need to participate is a working fiddle, a desire to learn, and a little time to practice. The more you can practice, the quicker you’ll make progress, but even if you only have a few minutes a day and show up for lessons on a regular basis, you’ll fit in fine. Everyone progresses at their own pace and the group setting means that we all learn and benefit from each other’s questions (and struggles).
There are two ways to join up:
1) If you’ve had previous experience (maybe you had a year or less of lessons, and/or it has been a long time and you remember just a little) register online or in person, and show up to the lesson. Folks in the lesson are moving at different speeds and you’ll fall right in.
2) If you’ve never played before, or you feel like you’d be starting over from the beginning, start by registering for an Absolute Beginner’s Fiddle Workshop. They are offered on the last Saturday of each month. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’re welcome to join the weekly group lesson.
If you have questions about our class, or need help finding an instrument, if you want to get started as a complete beginner, or would like to try but have some anxiety about it, contact the instructor. She’ll answer questions and talk you into coming.
Friday, July 31
Bamboozled Fishing – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Join Christian for some information regarding the trout life cycle and how to create your own primitive bamboo fishing rod. Meet at Shelter 3.
The Urgency of the Atlatl – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Meet Christian to experience a blast from the past that demonstrates how Native Americans used the atlatl for survival and feeding their families. This program is for ages 12 and up. Meet at Shelter 3.
Peanut Butter Bird Time – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Meet Christian to learn about a few of the bird species of Roan Mountain and how to craft a bird feeder out of everyday objects! This program does involve peanut butter. Meet at Shelter 3.
A Wheelie Safe Time! – 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Join Christian for some important information regarding biker safety followed by a group bike ride around the campground! This program is aimed to inform children on how to ride their bike safely. Be sure to bring your bike, helmet , water and closed toed shoes. Meet at Shelter 3.
Big Foot Campfire – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Join Christian for fall tales of our tall friend around a campfire. Bring your best stories of meeting the famous Big Foot! Meet at Cabin Campfire Ring.
Saturday, August 1
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors – August 1 – August 31 – At Roan Mountain we house, care for, and educate the public on a variety of native animals. We work under an educational permit from TWRA. Currently, we care for three birds of prey and several snakes! As you can imagine, caring for these animals is costly, as their food and health care is a specialty!
All of our animals are non-releasable for a variety of reasons. We frequently program with these animals and never charge for educational programs when using them. Here is your opportunity to support our educational wildlife program and help us care for these animals! 
All donations will go to purchase food, pay vet bills, purchase gloves, tethers, falconry equipment, aquarium bedding, and to improve and build more housing facilities for our non-releasable birds of prey.
To donate click the green “Register for Event” button at the right. Your donation is a one-time payment. If you wish to cover more than one day, update the “quantity” you wish to donate, or simply come back to this page in future months. 
  • $10.00 / Feeds one bird a day
  • $20.00 / Feeds two birds a day
  • $30.00 / Feeds three birds a day
  • $40.00 / Feeds four birds a day
  • $50.00 / Feeds five birds a day
Thank you for supporting our Wildlife Ambassadors at Roan Mountain State Park!
Good Morning Blue 2! – 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet Christian at the Blue 2 trail head and see the beauty of our park in the morning. Make sure to bring your closed-toe shoes and proper hiking attire. Meet at Blue 2 Trail Head.
Afternoon on the Farmstead: Marshall Ballew – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – From 12:00-2:00pm, let the music of local artist, Marshall Ballew, be your backdrop theme to you scenic visit to the historic Miller Farmstead.  This solo artist from Piney Flats, TN is a true talent that never fails to wow audiences with blues, folk, old-time, rock, and more!  Marshall will be set up near the porch of the Miller Farmhouse.  Meet at Miller Farmstead.
The Urgency of the Atlatl – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Meet Christian to experience a blast from the past that demonstrates how Native Americans used the atlatl for survival and feeding their families. This program is for ages 12 and up. Meet at Shelter 3.
Recycled Birdhouses – 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Join Christian for a fun way to get into birding! Create your very own birdhouse out of recycled plastic. Be prepared to get crafty with colorful paints. Meet at Picnic Area.
Bring the Heat – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Meet Christian to learn about basic fire building techniques and fire safety for all ages. Meet at Shelter 3.
Sunday, August 2
Morning on the Miller Farmstead – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet Brittany to learn about the history behind our cozy farmhouse and its associated buildings. Meet at Farmstead.
Plant Walk – 12:30 p.m. – 1-:30 p.m. – Meet Brittany for a short walk around the Tom Gray trail to learn about some of the plants that call Roan Mountain home. Meet at Shelter 3.
Wonder of the Wetlands – 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Meet Brittany to learn about the ecological importance of wetlands as we walk around the park’s own wetland area. Meet at Amphitheater.
Fashion-A-Fish – 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Meet Brittany to learn about a few fish that can be found in the Doe River. Afterwards, create your own colorful fish to take home as a keepsake. Meet at Shelter 2.

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