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Roan Mountain Overlook
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Roan Mountain Overlook
Description - Roan Mountain State Park contains 2,006-acres nestled in the foot slopes of Roan Mountain. High mountain peaks, such as The Roan, with an elevation of 6,285 feet, form a backdrop to the park. To add to the beauty, 10 miles of Grassy Balds, the longest anywhere in the world, stretch from Caver's Gap on The Roan north to Big Hump Mountain. In June the Catawba Rhododendron, with its crimson red flowers, grace the mountain tops.

Attractions - It was in 1870 that the first settlers, Dave and Louise Miller, came to this mountain holler, living in a small log cabin then located in front of today's house. In 1919, a second log house was built where Dave and Louise lived out their days while Nathaniel, his wife, and five children made their home in the white frame house. It was in 1924 that Nathaniel died and his son, Frank, took over the farm.

Today, the Miller Homestead, offers the visitor a unique glimpse into the ways of life in the early 1900's in the southern Appalachian mountains. While visiting the park, be sure to visit Strawberry Mountain and experience the warm atmosphere of this unique home place.

The recreation/conference lodge is now complete. The lodge features a large game room with ping pong tables, pool table, and various game machines. Also, a large conference/meeting room is available in the lodge. The conference section of the lodge can be reserved by groups or individuals.

Atop Roan Mountain, the Appalachian Trail crosses this location and continues up to Round Bald (elevation 5826 ft.) The highest peak on the mountain is the Roan High Knob (elevation 6285 ft.).

Recreation - The lodge features a large game room with ping pong tables, pool table, and various game machines. Also, a large conference/meeting room is available in the lodge. The conference section of the lodge can be reserved by groups or individuals.

Fishing, camping, hiking and viewing historical sites are available at this Park.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Exit I-81 at the Roan Mountain State Park/Elizabethton exit (Highway 67). Take Hwy. 19E South out of Elizabethon, TN toward Roan Mountain, the park is approximately 16 miles south of Elizabethton.

From Boone, NC take Hwy. 105 to Newland, NC. Take Hwy. 194 North out of Newland toward Roan Mountain, TN. At Elk Park, NC, take Hwy. 19E to Roan Mountain, TN. In Roan Mountain, turn on Highway 143.

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Filed By: Lisa Huffman (Pikeville, KY)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Okay, so it rained. But, this place is great! ALL the campsites are awesome. It could be really hard to choose if you got there first. We hiked the Cloudland trail to the Bluff, and also hiked up to the top of Roan Mtn. The hikes were moderate to strenuous, but could be made easier by driving closer to the area you want to see. The spruce and rhododendrons are beautiful and the smell up there is just more than wonderful. The kids were amazed as we drove and hiked through the clouds. We did capture a glimpse of a Peregrin falcon and quite a few deer, but not much more wildlife than that. The view at the Bluff is breathtaking as the clouds clear. Expect the temperature to drop about 20 degrees from the base of the mountain to the top. As far as food goes, if you don't feel like cooking on the campfire, you can have just about anything you choose if you're willing to drive 25- 30 minutes from the camping area into Johnson City. You can pick up groceries in town before you head up the mountain. There are tons of shopping opportunities. This was my first, but definitely not last, trip to Roan Mountain. I had been to Watauga before, shuttling kayaker friends. Whitewater seekers may want to try out the Watauga while there. I can give you directions to the put-in and take- out, if you'd like to email me. This is a great trip for kids, couples, or a group of friends looking for a weekend of relaxation. I would highly recommend it!

Filed By: Pam Webb (Kingsport, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Been here many times. Love the cabins. The beds are heavenly!! Lots to do in all seasons. We loved Halloween there. A group of us went together and had events for the kids in each cabin, costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, ghost stories and so on... Spring and early summer rhododendron and azaleas are spectacular! Fall color is wonderful and the snow and icicles are breathtaking - literally! Really good hamburgers @ the Dairy Barn and Snack Shack at the bottom of the hill. Snack Shack is seasonal, though. Be sure to follow the Appy Trail on past the balds for some great views.

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Contact Information:
Roan Mountain State Park, 1015 Hwy 143 , Roan Mountain, TN, 37667, Phone: 423-772-0190

Additional Information:
East Tennessee Region - There are over 30 State Parks and Historical Monuments, the Cherokee National Forest and he Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit in this travel region. All recreational activities are within a days drive of Knoxville.
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

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