Visit Roan Mountain
Published 6:25 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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.
Friday, September 4
Summer Concert Series: Marshall Ballew – 7 pm.m – 8:30 p.m. – This solo artist from Piney Flats, TN is a true talent. Marshall never fails to wow audiences with his eclectic mix of blues, soul, folk, old-time, rock and more… both originals and covers. Guests are asked to bring their masks and extra chairs or blankets for seating. ** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION! Donations accepted. Meet at Park Amphitheater.
Saturday, September 5
Tennessee Servers Volunteer Saturday – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – On Saturday, September 5th join Roan Mountain along with all other TN State Parks to keep our State beautiful while working alongside park rangers in the field. Join Park Rangers Philip Hylen and Brittany Osborne starting at 9 AM at the park Visitor Center for a volunteer work event along the beautiful Doe River. Volunteers will learn how to cut and treat non-native Japanese Knotweed and Multiflora Rose. We will also clear trash and rock dams from the Doe River. Limited to 10 workers, be sure to register your free spot to help keep your parks beautiful today! See the details below:Where: Meet at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center Porch. Work will move along the Doe River throughout the State Park. When: 9 AM until 1 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, September 5th.
What to Bring: Good working clothes you can get in the river with, water, snacks, your completed liability waiver and a change of dry clothes. The park will provide work gloves, tools, extra water, and eye protection.
Afternoon on the Farmstead: Flint Knapping with Bob – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Join us from 12:00-2:00 pm at the scenic Miller Farmstead for a historical lesson in flint knapping with local expert, Bob Estep. Bob has practiced the art of flint knapping for decades making reproductions of various prehistoric tools, weapons, and trinkets. Bob will be set up near the Miller Farmhouse. Meet at Miller Farmstead.
Summer Concert Series: Fiddling Leona and JP Mathes II – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Join this Bluegrass and Traditional Music duo for a combination of sounds from Appalachia and Japan. These two really know how to bring the entertainment! Guests are asked to wear masks and bring a chair or blanket for extra seating. 7:00-8:30 PM at the Park Amphitheater** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION! Donations accepted. Meet at Park Amphitheater.
Sunday, September 20
Irish Traditional Music Session – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – An Irish “session” is an informal gathering of musicians who play Irish Traditional Music. It’s like a music jam, but with a set repertoire of tunes and a very specific style. Experienced Irish Traditional Musicians (melody instruments only) are welcome to join. Due to COVID-19, this event is limited to 10 total participants (Irish Musicians) and advance registration is required. CDC recommendations apply. To register, contact the program leader. The price is Free. Meet at Contact Host.
Saturday, September 26
The Over Mountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain – 6-7 p.m. – 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 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event. For more information, please contact Steve Ricker, OVTA Director of Interpretation Primitivetrails@gmail.com. Meet at Park Amphitheater.
Saturday, October 3
Fall Chili Cook-off – 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – 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 3 at the Park Headquarters or Campground Check-in Station 12:30-2 p.m. for public eating. Cooks may begin cooking starting at 8 a.m. at Shelter 3. 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 the Campground.
Saturday, October 10
Autumn Harvest Festival – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Step back in time with us on Saturday, October 10th at the Miller Farmstead from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 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. Vendors and artists may email their interest to Philip.Hylen@tn.gov or contact (423)547-3947. 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
Sunday, October 18
Irish Traditional Music Session – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – An Irish “session” is an informal gathering of musicians who play Irish Traditional Music. It’s like a music jam, but with a set repertoire of tunes and a very specific style. Experienced Irish Traditional Musicians (melody instruments only) are welcome to join. Due to COVID-19, this event is limited to 10 total participants (Irish Musicians) and advance registration is required. CDC recommendations apply. To register, contact the program leader. The price is Free. Meet at Contact Program Leader.
Saturday, November 14
Appalachian Winter Celebration – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Roan Mountain State Park is building on the Old Time Yule celebration to tell the story of traditional holiday celebrations and preparations for winter in the Appalachian Mountains. Join us from noon-3 p.m. at the historic Miller Farmstead to enjoy a true mountain celebration. Meet at Miller Farmstead. Event includes:
- Firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate.
- Historic house and farmstead tours.
- Appalachian Story-telling.
- Traditional Christmas and mountain music by Thistledew.
- Winter Nature Hikes.
- Old time letters to Santa.
- Home-made Cookies Station.
- Historical winter preparation demonstrations on the Farmstead.
- More to come!