Visit Roan Mountain

Published 9:57 am Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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August 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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August 17
Doe River Snorkeling Excursion – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Roan Mountain State Park Campground Check-in. Price is $6/Participant bringing their own snorkel gear. $15/Participant + Snorkel Gear Rental. Register for the event. Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen from 1-3 p.m. at the campground for a cool-water snorkeling adventure in the Doe River! Guests will meet their host at the Campground Check-in Station before gearing up and snorkeling the Doe River along the Tom Gray Nature Trail in a maximum water depth of 4′. The Doe River is home to many unique species of fish, salamanders, aquatic invertebrates, and mammals visiting the edge of the river for food and water. Observation made during the program will be used to judge the habitat quality of the River.
This program is limited to 12 participants. Ticket prices for guests participating and renting snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel tube) will be $15. Guests bringing their own snorkel equipment pay a ticket price of $6. Close-toed water shoes are required for safety.

August 26
Peg Leg Mine GeoVenture – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center Porch. Price is $10. Register for the event. From 4-6 p.m. join Park Ranger Phil Hylen for a geology adventure into the hills behind the Visitor Center for a deep exploration of the rock formations and mining history of Roan Mountain. Participants will meet their host at the Visitor Center porch before setting off on a 1-mile moderate difficulty hike along the Peg Leg Mine Loop Trail to explore the old iron mine and unique rock formations leading to it. Each guest will then open and keep their own node of iron ore or geode.
This program is limited to 12 participants at a cost of $10 per person. Good hiking shoes are recommended for the 1-mile natural-terrain walk. This program will begin and end at the Visitor Center.

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 the 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 and 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).