Visit Roan Mountain

Published 2:54 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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– $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!

September 23
Tomahawk Toss – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Price is $5 and 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.

September 24
Riverside Autumn Tree Hike – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Campground Check-In Station Porch. $0/Free Participant Registration, $10/Participant + $10 Park Donation, $20/Participant +$20 Park Donation. Register for the event. Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen at the Campground Check-in Station porch from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. for a 1.1-mile loop walk along the Riverside Trail and through the campground. Aside from enjoying the gorgeious early views of the fall leaf change, Ranger Phil will guide guests through some basic tree identification skills and some really interesting commentary on some of our more showy early fall color trees.
This free hike is limited to 15 people, so be sure to register your spot today! Registration with donation options also exist to help our park afford trail structures, public program equipment, and for other amazing upgrades to your favorite park facilities.

September 30
Edwardian Fancy Work for Beginners – 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Price is $20 and register for the event. Decorative hand-stitched embroidery (fancy work) was all the rage in the early 20th century. Skilled needleworkers embroidered everything from linens to everyday wear. Although beautiful embroidery work can be complex, every needleworker started from the beginning.
Join our beginners workshop and take your first steps! You’ll learn 10-15 basic stitches and work on your own embroidery sampler featuring authentic Edwardian designs. By the time you leave, you’ll be able to finish your project on your own and ready for more!
Program fee includes 90 minutes of instruction and all supplies, including a take-home project kit.

October 6 – October 8
Women’s Rock Climbing Workshop – 7 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at Cumberland Mountain State Park Rec Lodge. Price is $60 and register for the event.

Event Description:- Friday we will start with a meet and greet in the Recreation Lodge at 7:00 pm CST. We will cover outdoor climbing basics, including knot tying and belay technique.
• Saturday we will meet at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 am CST to carpool to the Black Mountain climbing area. Once we get to Black Mountain, there is a short hike to the climbing location from the trailhead (1/2 mile). A number of top rope climbs and a 40 ft. rappel will be set up for the day. Climbs range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate/advanced.
• Sunday morning we will meet back at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 am CST to carpool to the Black Mountain for another day of climbing. The day ends around 3:00 pm CST, but you are free to leave earlier as needed (please let one of the staff know if you plan to leave early).
**The Black Mountain Climbing area does not have restroom facilities, please be prepared for each day. We will be practicing Leave No Trace.Age restrictions:18 Years of Age and OlderPrice: $60 – instruction and gear for the weekend
Accommodations for Cumberland Mountain State Park:Camping/Cabin reservations – make them online at Please make your camping/cabin reservations ahead of time.Food will not be provided during the course of this workshop. Pack your breakfast, lunch, and snacks for each day. For dinner, we encourage you to bring your own or plan to eat at the Homestead Harvest Restaurant in the park. Cancellation Deadline/Refund Policy: Participants may cancel no later than Friday, September 29th, 5:00 PM with a 50% refund. After September 29th, 5:00 PM there will be no refunds for participant cancellation.Weather Cancellation: No rain date is set at this time.

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 & 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).