Visit Roan Mountain

Published 10:41 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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January 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.

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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!

January 13
Peg Leg Mine Geoventure – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center Porch. Price is $15. Register for the event. Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center porch to take part in a unique iron mining history tour of the Peg Leg Mine. Located on the edge of the Cranberry iron ore vein, the Peg Leg Mine offers participants a 1.2-mile hike through Southern Appalachian Cove forest to see how iron mining in the mountains was conducted at the turn of the 20th century.
While exploring, participants will take on the role of iron miners in the late 1800s, test iron deposits for quality, and open your very own iron ore and geodes. This guided experience is limited to 12 participants with a ticket fee of $15.00 per person. This program will begin and end at the VIsitor Center porch. Be sure to dress warm and bring a camera!
January 14
Roan Mountain Night Sky Party – 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet at Roan Mountain Cabins Parking Lot. Coming to a night sky near you! January 14th’s night sky is set to showcase Saturn’s closest approach to the moon of the year. With a partial moon, the night sky will be dark enough to enjoy brilliant views of Saturn’s rings as well as the many deep sky objects and constellations that grace us with their presence in winter. Celebrate this spectacle with Roan Mountain State Park at the Cabin 21-30 parking lot. Stay warm by a bonfire with snacks and hot chocolate while park rangers guide you through the night sky. Binoculars and a telescope will be available to enjoy closer views of Saturn.
Weather is typically cold in January with the possibility of bad weather. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on weather and the status of the program as time nears. We also recommend bringing a comfy camp chair with blankets. Dress warm and see you under the stars!

January 19
Senses of the Night Hike – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Meet at Shelter 3 in the campground. Price is $10 and you can register for the event. Join us for an after-hours nature tour through the forests of Roan Mountain State Park. Park Ranger Rodriguez will lead you through the dark on a 0.5-mile hike through the Tom Gray trail. We will be learning about how nocturnal wildlife have adapted their senses for the night, and try our own hand at adapting to the night! From glow in the dark animals, starry nights, and turning over logs and rocks to find some of our park’s most secretive wildlife, this nocturnal prowl is fun for the entire family.
This activity is limited to 20 participants at a cost of $10 per person. Registered participants will meet at Shelter 3, located in the campground on the right once you pass the tennis courts. Guests are encouraged to bring sturdy hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, water, and a flashlight.

January 20
Fancywork for Beginners & Enthusiasts: Winter Birds – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $12/Attendee Only (Includes Refreshments), $16/Attendee + Stick & Stitch Sheet of Patterns, $25/Attendee + Project Kit (Pattern Sheet, Towel Blank, Floss), $45/Attendee + Project Kit + Full Embroidery Kit. Register for the event.
Decorative hand-stitched embroidery (fancy work) was all the rage in the early 20th century and continues to be an important traditional art across the world. Although beautiful embroidery work can be complex, every needleworker starts from the beginning.
Join our workshop and take your first steps, or continue a journey you’ve already started (bring a project to show off, if you like!). We’ll look at examples of embroidery and designs inspired by the winter birds that can be found here in Roan Mountain. We’ll then review 10-15 basic stitch techniques to help you build your confidence.
Stash Swap: For this workshop, we’ll be hosting a table for stash swapping. If you have embroidery tools and supplies you no longer need, bring them along and pass them to someone who will use them.
Refreshments: Tea & Cookies
If you’d like to volunteer to assist with embroidery workshops, please visit this link.
Full Embroidery Kit Contents: If you are just getting started, this take-home kit provides every basic embroidery tool, and a few handy extras.
Zip Pouch
8″ plastic hoop
Needle set
Needle threader
Washable transfer pencil & transfer paper
Card-style thread organizer
Beginner Stitch Sampler (pre-printed cloth, to follow along while learning stitches in the workshop)

January 21
Snakes of East Tennessee – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Register for the event. Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen and our snake ambassadors at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center to familiarize yourself with the local snake species found in the mountains of East Tennessee and the important jobs they have. This free program is limited to 10 participants, so be sure to register your spot today! Meet your host at the Visitor Center Gift Shop to begin.

January 26
Tree Cookie Clock & Pyrography – 10 a.m. – Noon. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $25 and you can register for the event. Come on out and try your hand at building your very own tree cookie clock! We will discuss all the stories that these tree cookies can tell us and talk about the concept of dendrochronology. As we repurpose fallen lumber from the park to create our very own masterpieces, you will get the chance to make it your own or maybe make it for a friend!
We will be working with paint and wood burning pens that are provided for this event. This program is best suited for people 15 years and older and registration is required as spaces are limited. This event will meet at the conference center located across from the park office and aviary.