Roan Mountain Calendar

Published 8:43 am Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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May 1 – June 28

May 17

Summer Concert Series: Carson Peters and Iron Mountain – Join us for the kickoff of our Summer Concert Series with Carson Peters and Iron Mountain!

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Concerts take place at the park amphitheater at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Bring a blanket, camp chair or enjoy our bench seating. Concerts are FREE but tips for the artists are appreciated.

Carson Peters and Iron Mountain, signed to Billy Blue Records, has quickly become one of the most energetic and hottest traditional bluegrass bands in the business. They have made numerous trips to the Grand Ole Opry, multiple international appearances, and have had countless songs on the bluegrass and bluegrass gospel charts.

May 18 

Tomahawk Toss – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Price is $5. 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.  

May 19

Wild Edibles Woodland Stroll – 2 p.m. Price is $5 ages 12 and under, $10 Adult. Register for the event. Join Ranger Holland for a woodland stroll as we learn about wild edibles in the forest.  This program involves light to moderate hiking and will be an interactive learning experience. Program cost is ten dollars per person. Ages 12 and under five dollars. We will meet at the park headquarters prior to going to the program area.

May 24

Senses of the Night Hike – 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet at Shelter 3 in the campground. Price is $10. ​​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 25 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. Registration is required for this event.

May 25

Mushroom March: Mysteries of the Forest – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet at Shelter 3 in the Campground. These mysterious organisms hold amazing secrets. Discover the hidden world of mushrooms along this 0.5 mile hike along the Tom Gray Trail. Make sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, and plenty of water.

Mushrooms are the great citizens of the forest! Along this hike we will discuss just how these mysterious mushrooms interact with the environment around them. If we listen to their stories close enough, we may learn a thing or two!

Location: Meet at shelter 3 in the campground directly passed the tennis courts. Registration is required for this event.

June 1

National Trails Day Hike: Raven Rock Overlook – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Meet at the Park Office by the Conference Center. Price is $0/Person, $10/Attendee+Donation, $10/Donation (no attendance), $20/Attendee+Donation, $20/Donation (no attendance). Register for the event. Join Ranger Rodriguez along this 1-mile hike on the Raven Rock Trail to see views of blooming buds and an overlook along the way! What better way to celebrate national trails day than to enjoy your favorite state park!

This hike is considered moderately challenging with some elevation changes. It will take us approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete the trail. This program is fun for all ages, but guests should make sure to bring plenty of water, appropriate hiking shoes for terrain, and dress for the weather. Meeting Location: Park Office located across from the amphitheater

June 24 – June 28

Junior Ranger Camp, Ages 8-12 – 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon. Meet at the PIcnic Pavilion #2. Price is $55/Cloudland Elementary Students, $75/per participant. Register for the event. Registration Now Open! Learn about safety, plants, animals, bugs, astronomy, environmental stewardship, history and more! At the conclusion of the week each participant will be sworn in as an official Junior Ranger for Tennessee State Parks at our graduation ceremony and banquet. 

Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by noon, Monday through Thursday. Our graduation ceremony and party will take place Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m. at the park Conference Center.  An optional night hike will be offered Friday Night after the banquet (families welcome). Registration fee of $75 includes a T-shirt, daily snacks, and a fun awards celebration on Friday night. After registration closes on June 1, registrants will receive additional paperwork via email including a liability waiver, medical history form, and information forms for each child, as well as agenda details and pickup and drop off locations for each day. Registration open to kids ages 8-12 only. Refunds will be given for cancellations before June 1. After June 1, no refunds will be granted (T-shirts and supplies will have been ordered).