Visit Roan Mountain

Published 10:32 am Tuesday, July 11, 2023

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July 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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July 14
Doe River Snorkeling Excursion – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center Porch. Price is $5/Participant bringing their own snorkel gear. $15/Participant + Snorkel Gear Rental. Register for the event. Join us from 2-4 p.m. at the Visitor Center for our Doe River Snorkeling Excursion exploring the waters of the Doe River for unique and colorful species of fish, salamander, and an array of amazing aquatic invertebrates. The wildlife found during the program will be logged to determine the health of the beautiful Doe River running through Roan Mountain State Park.
This program is for ages 10+ with a limit of 15 individuals at a program fee of $15 per participant plus the snorkel gear rental. Participants bringing their own gear only have the program fee of $5. Snorkeling gear includes a mask and snorkel tube. This program will start and end at the Visitor Center porch and will begin with a beginner snorkeling and safety lesson before setting out into the cool mountain waters. Swim clothes and water shoes highly recommended since the rocks can be sharp in the river.

July 22
Roan Mountain Pollinator Week Celebration – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at the Miller Farmstead House. Register for the event. Join Roan Mountain State Park on Saturday, July 22nd as we celebrate National Pollinator Week at the Miller Farmstead. From 1-2 p.m., Ranger Phil Hylen will be leading 20 participants on a nature walk around the 9 acre Monarch Waystation around the Miller Farmstead to get a close look at various types of pollinators and the plants that attract them. Afterwards, guests will be given various species of native NE TN seed bombs to take back and start their own pollinator gardens at their homes.
Guests are encouraged to bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Extra binoculars and butterfly nets will be present on site to help get a close-up look at certain species of insect. This program will begin and end at the Miller Farmstead House.

October 14
Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Festival – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at the Park Amphitheater.
Join Roan Mountain State Park and the Roan Mountain Citizens Club for our 3rd Annual Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Festival. This FREE outdoor festival celebrates traditional culture, food, art and music.

Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase – 1 p.m. – 4 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 Annual Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase at Roan Mountain State Park at Roan Mountain’s 3rd Annual Fall-O-Dendron Festival. Entrance fees are waived for this year’s friendly fiddle showcase and competition. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories.
For complete rules and to enter, visit:
For questions, please contact Marcianne O’Day at or 423-491-1383

October 27
Fall Céilí at Roan Mountain State Park – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $2/kids 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 fall dance céilí at 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 & treats provided.
Dress comfortably with good shoes and come well-hydrated! Fun, festive attire recommended!
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).