Visit Roan Mountain

Published 4:30 pm Monday, October 26, 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.

Friday, October 30 
Outdoor Survival for Beginners – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Meet at Main Park Office – Price is Free. Join Ranger Holland as we learn about the basics of outdoor wilderness survival.  Topics will include water, food, fire, shelter and signalling for help. This is a beginner program for persons wishing to gain an understanding of the basic skills and knowledge needed to survive in an outdoor wilderness environment.
Meet at the main park office at 2:00 pm prior to going to the program area. 
Program is free but group size is limited and advance registration is required. Social distancing guidelines apply.

Saturday, October 31
Tree Cookie Canvas – 1 p.m. – ? – Pirce is $10.00 per person, $5.00 for Children 12 and under. Tree Cookie Canvas! Join Ranger Holland(who still can’t color inside the lines) as we express our artistic side using a natural canvas. Tree cookie discs and other supplies will be provided and participants will be able to take home the painting made during the program. We will meet at the visitor center prior to going to the program area. 

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Sunday, November 1 – 30, 2020
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors
All Month Price:
– $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
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.
Thank you for supporting our Wildlife Ambassadors at Roan Mountain State Park! 

Friday November 6 – Sunday November 8, 2020
Women’s Rock Climbing Workshop – Friday 7 p.m. – Sunday 3 p.m. – Meet at: Cumberland Mountain State Park Recreation Lodge. Price: $60.00 ***NOTE*** THIS PROGRAM IS BASED OUT OF CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, CROSSVILLE, TN. ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME.
Event Description: – Friday we will start with a meet and greet at the Rec Lodge around 7:00 pm CST. We will cover outdoor climbing basics, including knot tying and belay technique.
– Saturday we will meet at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 am CST to carpool to the Black Mountain climbing area. Once we get to Black Mountain, there is a short hike to the climbing location from the trailhead (1/2 mile). A number of top rope climbs and a 40 ft. rappel will be set up for the day. Climbs range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate/advanced.
– Sunday morning we will meet back at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 am CST to carpool to the Black Mountain for another day of climbing. The day ends around 3:00 pm CST, but you are free to leave earlier as needed (please let one of the staff know if you plan to leave early).
**The Black Mountain Climbing area does not have restroom facilities, please be prepared for each day. We will be practicing Leave No Trace.
Age restrictions: 18 Years of Age and Older
Price: $60 – instruction and gear for the weekend
 Accommodations for Cumberland Mountain State Park:
Camping/Cabin reservations – make them online at 
Please make your camping/cabin reservations ahead of time.Food will not be provided during the course of this workshop. Pack your breakfast, lunch, and snacks for each day. For dinner, we encourage you to bring your own or plan to eat at the Homestead Harvest Restaurant on the park. Cancellation Deadline/Refund Policy:Participants may cancel no later than Thursday, November 5th, 5:00 PM with a 50% refund. After November 5th, 5:00 PM there will be no refunds for participant cancellation. Weather Cancellation Policy: There is no alternate date. In the event of a weather related cancellation 11/8/20 or prior we will offer a full refund. In the event of a weather related cancellation 11/8/20 or later, we will consider refunds on a case-by-case basis. 
Saturday, November 7
Peg Leg GeoVenture – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Meet at: Visitor Center Porch – Price is $5.00 – Join Ranger Phil Hylen for an expedition to the Peg Leg Mine in search of Roan Mountain’s history as seen in rocks! Enjoy discovering evidence of iron mining at the turn of the 20th century and learn your rocks while breaking up your very own geode to see what treasures hide inside. 
Participants are limited to 10 people and entry costs $5.00 per person. Hike distance is approximately half a mile. 

Saturday, November 14 
Seed Bombs for Monarchs – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Price is $5.00 – Meet at Miller Farmstead – Join Ranger Phil Hylen to learn about Monarch Butterflies and their favorite plant – Milkweed!  Learn how to make your own butterfly gardens at your own house and make your very own Milkweed Seed bombs to help grow your next garden.  This program will meet at the Miller Farmstead House and is limited to 10 people. 

Sunday, November 15 
Irish Traditional Music Session – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Price is Free,. Meet at Contact Program Leader – 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.