Visit Roan Mountain

Published 11:07 am Tuesday, October 10, 2023

October 1-31
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors
ROAN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
All Month
Price:
$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.

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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!

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: https://bit.ly/heritage-fiddle-showcase
For questions, please contact Marcianne O’Day at marcianne.oday@tn.gov or 423-491-1383.

October 15
Chestnut Ridge Overlook Autumn Tree Walk – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Miller Farmstead Parking Lot. Price is $0/Free Participant Registration, $10/Participant +$10 Park Donation, $20/Participant + $20 Park Donation. Register for the event. Join us on Sunday, October 15 from 1:00 – 3:00PM at the Miller Farmstead Parking Lot for a short 0.5-mile walk around the Miller Farmstead ground and Chestnut Ridge Overlook as Park Ranger Phil Hylen leads participants on a tree identification lesson and walk. This walk will offer amazing autumn views of the surrounding ridges and foothills of Roan Mountain.
Participants will begin and end at the gravel parking lot located at the Miller Farmstead. This free hike is limited to 20 individuals. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and dress for cool weather. A registration option to donate to Roan Mountain State Park is also available. Donations will aid in the funding of park projects such as our on-going cabin renovations and construction of a new back country trail and campsites.

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 comfortably 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).

October 28
Peg Leg Mine GeoVenture – 10 a.m. – 12 Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center Porch. Price is $10 and register for the event. Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen for a geology adventure hike to the Peg Leg Iron Mine from 10:00AM – 12:00PM on Saturday, October 28th at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center. Up to 15 participants will explore the 1800s era iron mine before opening up their very own mining spoils. Along the way on this moderate difficulty 1.1-mile hike, we will explore the history and geology of Roan Mountain State Park. Be sure to wear good hiking clothes and boots and prepare for cool weather.

December 16
Christmas 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 comfortably 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 hot cocoa will be provided, as well as an assortment of holiday treats.
Photo Booth: Attendees are encouraged to dress in festival holiday attire and take photos to celebrate and remember this special holiday event.
Dress comfortably 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).

December 16
Christmas Craft Spectacular! 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at Conference Center. Price is $5 age 4 and under, $10 age 5 and over. Register for the event. ‘Tis the season!
Join Rangers O’Day, Hylen and Holland and our Interpretive staff for an afternoon of festive Christmas crafts, treats and holiday cheer! We’ll be making traditional and nature-themed ornaments, decorating cookies, and enjoying Christmas refreshments and music!
Fee covers instruction, materials, and refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult.