Visit Roan Mountain

Published 11:48 am Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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April 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 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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May 5
Spring Céilí at Roan Mountain State Park – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $2 ages 17 and under, $5 adults. Register for the event. An Irish céilí (or cèilidh if you’re Scottish!) is a traditional social gathering that often includes traditional dance, music, storytelling and all kinds of good fun. In honor of our region’s Scots-Irish heritage we’ll be hosting a Spring Céilí in the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center.
Highlights include:

* Ceili Dances: No previous dance experience is required! These dances are meant for regular people and anyone who can walk comfortable can enjoy learning them.
* Traditional Music: The Roan Mountain Céilí Band will play a variety of dance tunes to accompany the dances, and a few other tunes in between (traditional Scottish and Irish musicians are welcome to join us, contact Ranger O’Day for details).
* Light Refreshments: Coffee & light refreshments will be provided.
Dress comfortably, in festive attire, with good shoes and come well-hydrated!
This is a ticketed event! Adults 18 and older $5 each, kids 17 and younger $2. Volunteers attend free (contact Ranger O’Day for volunteer opportunities).

May 6
Culture & Coffee: Tech N Nature w/Cory Franklin — 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is free, $5/attendee + donation. Register for the event.
Today, most people are inseparable from their smart phones and other mobile devices. Opinions are divided on whether these technological advances enhance or detract from the enjoyment of outdoor experiences. Embrace this cultural change and learn how to use technology on a day-to-day basis in nature. We’ll examine easily-accessible resources and apps to explore geolocaion, plant identification, and more.
Culture & Coffee is a new speaker series at Roan Mountain State Park in 2023. Each engagement features a presentation from a subject matter expert on a different topic, and takes place at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center. Coffee and light refreshments are provided. The series is free, although donations are appreciated and will be used to fund refreshments.

Spring Cleaning at the Miller Homestead – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Miller Farmstead House. Register for the event. Keeping up a historic farmstead is a lot of work! If you’d like to spend a few hours helping out with farmstead chores– weeding, painting, sweeping, native plants gardening, turning the compost heap, cleaning facilities, organizing tools & equipment– we’d love to have your help. These Saturday clean-ups will run through May 20 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers are appreciated during any of these times and are not required to work the entire posted time frames.
Bring work gloves & dress for the weather with sturdy footwear (no sandals of any kind)
Advance registration is required by clicking the registration link on this page. If you have questions about the day’s specific activities, or are interested in volunteering at another date or time, please reach out to Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day at (423)547-3900 or at

May 12-14
Leave No Trace Trainer Course – 7 p.m. – 3 p.m. $160/Participant, $194.95/Participant + Educator’s Toolkit. Register for the event.
Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics that help us make decisions about how we enjoy and protect the outdoors. Becoming a Leave No Trace Trainer is a great way to build your confidence as an outdoor enthusiast and prepare you to teach Leave No Trace awareness workshops in your own community.
This hybrid online & in-person trainer course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skill, & experience to offer Leave No Trace Awareness training to the public in both formal and informal settings. Along with our Leave No Trace curriculum, we’ll enjoy outdoor recreational activities, and learn about the natural & cultural history of Roan Mountain.
We’ll begin our course with two virtual sessions, where we’ll cover basic program concepts and prepare for in-person instruction. We’ll continue with a weekend workshop at Roan Mountain State Park on May 12-14th, where we’ll put our knowledge into practical experience.
Participants who attend all sessions will fulfill all requirements for the 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainer course and enjoy a weekend at beautiful Roan Mountain State Park.
$160 Registration Fee includes:

* Frontcountry camping in the Roan Mountain State Park group camp.
* 16 hour trainer course meeting Leave No Trace national training standards.
* Trainer Course Participant Packet (optional Educator’s Toolkit w/Additional Fee)
* Daily ranger-led recreational activities to enjoy the beauty & history of Roan Mountain
Course Schedule:
Wednesday, April 26, 7-9 p.m. EDT (Virtual Session)
Wednesday, May 4, 7-9 p.m. EDT (Virtual Session)

Friday, May 12 –

* 3 p.m. Group Camp check-in and setup
* 5 p.m. Session Starts
* 6 p.m. Supper Break
* 9 p.m. End of Day
Saturday, May 13 –

* 8 a.m. Session Starts
* 11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
* 5 p.m. End of Day
* Optional evening activity
Sunday, May 14 –

* 8 a.m. Session Starts
* 11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
* 3 p.m. Workshop Conclusion
* Participants may also camp Sunday night with a noon checkout time on Monday, May 15,
Cancellation Deadline/Refund Policy:
Participants may cancel no later than Wednesday, April 26, at 5 p.m. with a 50% refund. After Wednesday, April 26, at 5 p.m. there will be no refunds for participant cancellation.
Camping Details:

* All camping will follow Leave No Trace recommended best practices.
* Participants will be responsible for providing their own camping equipment and should be prepared to spend time outdoors in forecasted weather conditions. A recommended packing list will be provided.
* Meals will not be provided. Participants will be responsible for their own food and cooking gear. Coffee will be provided each morning.
* The group camp sites are located adjacent to the individual tent-only camping area of the Roan Mountain State Park campground. Sites include large gravel tent pads, picnic tables, fire rings, grills, and water spigots at each site. There is no electricity, camping is only allowed on the gravel pads (not in the surrounding grassy areas), and it is approximately a 1/4 mile walk to the nearest bathrooms/shower houses.
* Camping is recommended, but not required. While this is not a camping skills course, this is a great opportunity for newer campers to develop confidence in group of mixed experience.
* Cell service is unavailable and unreliable throughout most of the park. A Verizon hotspot is located in the Conference Center and also at the Camp Store.
* The Roan Mountain group camp is a great place to disconnect, as Wi-Fi is generally unreliable. Wi-fi is available at the conference center, visitor center, and throughout the rest of the campground.
* For additional campground details, visit: