Visit Roan Mountain

Published 4:52 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2022

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September 1-30
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors

All Month

* $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 are 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 return to this page in future months.
Thank you for supporting our Wildlife Ambassadors at Roan Mountain State Park!

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September 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
Miller Farmstead Tour — 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. Price is $0/free tour, $5/optional donation. Register for the event. The Dave and Louisa Miller family moved to Strawberry Mountain in 1870, where three generations of Millers lived for 90 years. The farmhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it reflects the lifestyle of rural subsistence farmers in Appalachia in the early 20th century. Meet park staff at the farmstead porch for a guided walk through of the house and outbuildings. Tours are free, but donations are gladly accepted and will be used to improve and maintain the farmstead.
Pets are not allowed in the house, with the exception of trained service dogs.

September 9-11
Friends of Roan Mountain Fall Naturalist Rally – Register for the event. The Friends of Roan Mountain would like to invite you to join us for the 60th Annual Roan Mountain Fall Naturalists Rally!
Meeting in Roan Mountain State Park, with naturalist guided tours planned throughout the Roan Mountain area, up to the Appalachian Trail, this event will take place Friday through Sunday.
This event is just packed with an exciting array of outdoor exploration opportunities along with an evening indoor presentation at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center.
Members are Friends of Roan Mountain of admitted to all weekend activities at no charge, with the exception of meals. Registration without membership is detailed in the brochure. By becoming a member of Friends of Roan Mountain, you can attend four different rallies throughout the year – Winter, Spring, Summer (Xtreme Roan Adventures for Kids), and Fall!
Friends of Roan Mountain is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For additional information:

Saturday, September 10
Local Teacher/Ranger Meet and Greet – 1-3 p.m. Meet at Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center. Attention local teachers! Roan Mountain State Park will be working with local schools to offer outdoor programs to students in grade 1-5 that will meet current academic standards, gives mentors and new experiences to children who may be experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and gives classes a chance to come together as teams to answer a question about our state’s nature and history. It is our goal to offer a minimum of one outdoor educational program per month either at your school or at the park.
Teachers, please join us for a meet and greet from 1-3 p.m. at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center to learn more about creating a fun opportunity for your class and enjoy some refreshments as a token of appreciation for all the hard work you do to provide for the youth of Tennessee.

Saturday, September 17
National Public Lands Day – Doe River & Trails Cleanup — 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Register for the event. Join our ranger staff for a trail and river cleanup to honor National Public Lands Day. Planned work includes picking up litter, clearing trail, de-berming, and other routine trail maintenance activities. Dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Waders and waterproof boots are helpful for river cleanup, but not required.
No previous experience is necessary. Kids 12 and older may come if accompanied by a participating adult.

Sunday, September 18
Peg Leg Mine GeoVenture – 2-3:30 p.m. Meet at visitor center porch. Price is $10. Register for the event. Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center for a geology and iron mining history hike to the Peg Leg Mine. This historic iron mine played a small role in the reconstruction of the southern states after the American Civil War. After a moderate difficult 0.4-mile hike, guests will get to crack open their very own geodes and rock nodules and keep their loot. This program is limited to 10 participants with an entry fee of $10 per person. Register online, by phone, or at any of our park offices.

Saturday, September 24
Tomahawk Toss – 2 p.m. Price is $5. Register for the event. Learn to throw a tomahawk!. Join Ranger Holland as we have fun learning a popular frontier pastime.
Tomahawks provided. No previous Tomahawk-throwing experience is required to enjoy this fun program. Meet at Shed #3.

Sunday, September 25
Wild Edibles Woodland Stroll – 2 p.m. Price is $5 ages 12 and under, $8 per person over 12. Register for the event. Join Ranger Holland for a woodland stroll as we learn about wild edibles in the forest. This program involves light to moderate hiking and will be an interactive learning experience. Meet at the park headquarters prior to going to the program area.

Saturday, October 8
Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Festival – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at the Park Amphitheater in Roan Mountain State Park and the Roan Mountain Citizens Club for our 2nd Annual Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Festival. This FREE outdoor festival celebrates traditional culture, food, art and music.
*Vendor registrations are still being accepted. For more information, visit
Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase – 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Meet at the Park Amphitheater. Register for the event. Traditional fiddlers of all ages, heritage styles and abilities are welcome to audition by video to compete in the first-ever Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase at Roan Mountain State Park at Roan Mountain’s 2nd Annual Fall-O-Dendron Festival.
Entrance fees are waived for this first year’s friendly fiddle showcase and competition. A $100 prize will be awarded to the Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase Champion.
For complete rules and to enter, visit:
For questions, please contact Marcianne O’Day at or 423-491-1383.