Visit Roan Mountain

Published 3:33 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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December 1-31
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 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.
Thank you for supporting our Wildlife Ambassadors at Roan Mountain State Park!

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December 31
Primitive Weapons Range – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at Picnic Shelter 3 in the campground. Price is $8 and register for the event. Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen at the Roan Mountain State Park Campground picnic shelter from 1 – 3 p.m. for a go at a few primitive hunting weapons on our primitive weapons range. Participants will visit different periods in history as they learn and compete with tomahawk, atlatl, archery, and end with a black powder demonstration.
All weapons are provided by the park and no outside weapons are permitted on the range without prior approval from the ranger. Participation is limited to 12 people at a cost of $8 per person.

Sunday, January 1, 2023
Roan Mountain New Year Hike – 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Meet at the Visitor Center Porch. Price is $0/Attendee (Free), $10 / $10/Attendee + $10 Donation, $20/$20 Donation (not attending), $20/Attendee + $20 Donation. Register for the event.
Celebrate the start of 2023 at Roan Mountain State Park on a First Day Hike along our newly created Peg Leg Mine Loop Trail located at the Visitor Center. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center porch where hot chocolate and other winter time refreshments will be served followed by a 1.2-mile hike through the forested foothills and Doe River banks of Roan Mountain. Guests will learn what the park’s New Year goals and resolutions are while sharing the successes of 2022. The hike is 1.2-miles with a moderate difficulty rating on a natural terrain trail (average of 7% slope).
Participation is free and limited to 20 individuals, so reserve your hiking spot today. This hike is great for the whole family and dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. Be sure to dress in layers as weather can be unpredictable on the mountain. We also would like to ask guests to donate to Roan Mountain State Park to help the park fund some of our upcoming major projects which include:

* The design and construction of a back country hiking trail overlooking Roan Mountain and Yellow Mountain Gap with a minimum of 2 back country campsites.
* The upgrade of our Visitor Center museum and educational facility.
* The upkeep and upgrade of our park owl aviary and reptile room.
* The addition and management of new pollinator fields and gardens across 12 acres at Roan Mountain State Park.

April 22, 2023
Speaker Series: Whodunnit? with Detective Ralph Mayercik – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Event is free and register for the event. Detective Mayercik will present real-world cases, providing us with an in-depth insider’s view on the process of murder investigation. If you’ve ever wondered if you’ve got the mind for detective work, this will be an opportunity to learn about the level of thinking that solves cases.
Due to the graphic nature of this subject and the imagery, this program is not suitable for children. Parents should use caution when deciding whether to bring teenagers.

June 26-30, 2023
2023 Junior Ranger Camp Ages 8 -11 (Save the Date) — Registration opens May 1, 2023. Learn about safety, plants, animals, bugs, astronomy, environmental stewardship, history and more! At the conclusion of the week each participant will be sworn in as an official Junior Ranger for Tennessee State Parks at our graduation ceremony and banquet.
Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by noon, Monday through Thursday. Our graduation ceremony and party will take place Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m. at the park Conference Center. An optional night hike will be offered Friday Night after the banquet (families welcome).
Registration fee of $60 includes a t-shirt, daily snacks, and a fun awards celebration on Friday night. Registrants will receive additional paperwork via email including a liability waiver, medical history form, and information forms for each child, as well as agenda details and pickup & drop off locations for each day.
***Cloudland students may register at a discounted rate of $45 by contacting the park office at 423-547-3900.