Roan Mountain Calendar

Published 2:34 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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July 1-31

Friday Night Concert Series – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join us Friday nights at the amphitheater throughout this summer for live music. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair, or enjoy our bench seating. Concerts are free, but cash tips for the artists are always appreciated.

7/12 – Jim & Cheri Miller

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7/19 – Mikaela Langley

7/26 – Mountain Mojo

8/2 – The Roan Crows

8/9 – The Corklickers

8/16 – Marshall Ballew

8/23 – Fern Hollow

8/30 – Stemwinder

9/6 – Bandwagon Fallacy


July 13

Salamanders of Appalachia Night Hike – 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Meet at the Visitor Center Porch. Price is $5 and you can register for the event. Did you know that the Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to more species of Salamander than anywhere else in the world?  Join Park Ranger Philip Hylen from 9-10:30 p.m. at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center to explore the Peg Leg Mine Loop Trail for salamanders coming out at night to hunt. Participants will discover several unique salamanders along a 1-mile moderate difficulty hike. 

This program is limited to 20 participants at a fee of $5 per person. Guests will begin and end at the Visitor Center Porch and are encouraged to bring a bright flashlight or headlamp with them. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. Register your spot today online or by calling or stopping in at any of our park offices.  


July 14

Doe River Snorkeling Excursion – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center Porch. Price is $15 and you can register for the event. Join in a high-elevation snorkeling adventure with Park Ranger Phil Hylen along the Doe River from 1-3 p.m. Starting with an intro snorkeling lesson at the Visitor Center, the excursion will lead up the Doe River with various swim holes to explore local fish, crawfish, insects, salamander, and more! Your findings will help determine the health of the Doe River and any new species will be recorded. Be sure to bring close-toed water shoes to protect your feet. Wetsuits are not required, but average water temperatures can be below 64 degrees F.

This adventure is limited to 15 people ages 12+. The cost per person is $15. Masks and snorkels will be provided to participants, but you are welcome to bring your own. Meet at the front porch of the Visitor Center to begin.

July 26

Primitive Cooking Bread – 6 p.m. Price is $5/ages 12 and under, $10/person and register for the event. Let’s make campfire bread! Join Ranger Holland as we have fun making and enjoying different types of breads. We will learn to make bush bread on a stick, ash cakes and bannock. Meet at Shed #3.  


July 28

Wild Edibles Woodland Stroll – 2 p.m. Price is $5/ages 12 and under, $10/person. 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. 


August 7- August 25

Leave No Trace Trainer Course & Weekend Retreat – 7 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Meet at the Roan Mountain State Park Group Camp. Price is  $0 / Roan Mountain State Park Regular Service Volunteer,  $0 / Tennessee State Parks Staff, $160 / Participant, $194.95 / Participant + Educator’s Toolkit

Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics that help us make decisions about how we enjoy and protect the outdoors. Becoming a Leave No Trace Trainer is a great way to build your confidence as an outdoor enthusiast and prepare you to teach Leave No Trace awareness workshops in your own community. 

This hybrid online and in-person trainer course and weekend retreat is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skill and experience to offer Leave No Trace Awareness training to the public in both formal and informal settings. Along with our Leave No Trace curriculum, we’ll enjoy outdoor recreational activities, and learn about the natural and cultural history of Roan Mountain. 

We’ll begin our course with two virtual sessions, where we’ll cover basic program concepts and prepare for in-person instruction. We’ll continue with a weekend workshop at Roan Mountain State Park, where we’ll put our knowledge into practical experience.

Participants who attend all sessions will fulfill all requirements for the 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainer course and enjoy a weekend at beautiful Roan Mountain State Park.

$160 Registration Fee includes:

  • Frontcountry camping in the Roan Mountain State Park group camp.
  • 16 hour trainer course meeting Leave No Trace national training standards.  
  • Trainer Course Participant Packet (optional Educator’s Toolkit w/Additional Fee)
  • Daily ranger-led recreational activities to enjoy the beauty & history of Roan Mountain

Course Schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7-9 p.m. EDT (Virtual Session)

Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7-9 p.m. EDT (Virtual Session)

Friday, Aug. 23: 

  • 3 p.m. Group Camp check-in and setup
  • 5 p.m. Session Starts
  • 6 p.m. Supper Break
  • 9 p.m. End of Day

Saturday, Aug. 24:

  • 8 a.m. Session Starts
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
  • 5 p.m. End of Day
  • Optional evening activity

Sunday, Aug. 25 –

  • 8 a.m. Session Starts
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
  • 3 p.m. Workshop Conclusion
  • Participants may also camp Sunday night with a noon checkout time on Monday, Aug. 26

Cancellation Deadline/Refund Policy:

Participants may cancel no later than Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. with a 50% refund. After Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. there will be no refunds for participant cancellation.

Camping Details:

  • All camping will follow Leave No Trace recommended best practices.
  • Participants will be responsible for providing their own camping equipment and should be prepared to spend time outdoors in forecasted weather conditions. A recommended packing list will be provided.
  • Meals will not be provided. Participants will be responsible for their own food and cooking gear. 
  • The group camp sites are located adjacent to the individual tent-only camping area of the Roan Mountain State Park campground. Sites include large gravel tent pads, picnic tables, fire rings, grills, and water spigots at each site. There is no electricity, camping is only allowed on the gravel pads (not in the surrounding grassy areas), and it is approximately a 1/4 mile walk to the nearest bathrooms/shower houses. 
  • Camping is recommended, but not required. While this is not a camping skills course, this is a great opportunity for newer campers to develop confidence in group of mixed experience.
  • Cell service is unavailable and unreliable throughout most of the park. A Verizon hotspot is located in the Conference Center and also at the Camp Store. 
  • The Roan Mountain group camp is a great place to disconnect, as Wi-Fi is generally unreliable. Wi-fi is available at the conference center, visitor center, and throughout the rest of the campground.
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