Roan Mountain State Park
Trails
The trails around Roan Mountain are easy to moderate trails to hike.  The Appalachian Trail can be strenuous if you decide to hike to the top of the Roan Highlands from US-19E heading south. This accent is over 2,000 feet to Hump Mountain and over another 1,000 feet to Roan High Knob.  The Appalachian Trail straddles the tops of all the peaks in the Roan Highlands until it reaches Roan High Knob where it heads west towards the Unaka Mountains. There are also many trails in Roan Mountain State Park at the base of the mountain that are easy to moderate hikes through thick hardwood forests. The Overmountain Victory Trail starts in the Hampton Cove Creek State Natural Area ascending the Roan Highlands towards Yellow Mountain crossing over the AT and then descending to Roaring Creek Rd.

There are great camping and backpacking opportunities.  However, backpacking on the AT over the Roan Massif can present some challenges in finding water.  There are a few spur trails to seasonal creeks that only have adequate water after a good rain.  Plan on bringing enough water.  Roan Mountain State Park offers plenty of tent and camper spots at the base of the mountain.  The park has all of the essential facilities and even a swimming pool.
Activities:
  Hiking
  Camping
  Backpacking
  Site Seeing
  Swimming
  Cross Country Skiing

Directions:
From Boone:  Take NC 105 S, turn right at NC 183, turn left at NC 194, turn right at US-19E, turn left at TN 143, arrive at Carvers Gap

Open:
Year Around, Facilities are Seasonal

Fees:
There is a $5.00 Dollar Fee at the Tollhouse at Carvers Gap, which is only open seasonal, to Park between Roan High Knob and the Cloudland Hotel Site.
Free Parking at the gate entrance.

Permits:
No Permits required for any activities

Elevation:
4,100 feet - 6,293 feet

Pets:
  Allowed, must be on leash
Other Trails Not Listed
Cloudland Trail
Rhododendron Gardens Trail
Raven Rock Overlook Trail
Fred Behrand Trail
Chestnut Ridge Trail
Cloudland High Trail
Page Created By:  John Ostrander
Pictures Taken By:  Amanda Tsiukes

Maps
Google Files
Camping
No Current Camping Info.
Gray's Lily
Razorback Mountains
Switchback to Low Gap
The Roan Mountain area encompasses Roan Mountain State Park, Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, and the Roan Highlands, a 20-mile massif along the North Carolina/Tennessee Border. The Roan Highlands contain Seven Mountain Peaks roughly divided by Carvers Gap. The southwest side is Roan Mountain containing two peaks, Roan High Bluff (6,267 ft.) and Roan High Knob (6,293 ft.) separated by Tollhouse Gap. These peaks are most characterized by a thick coniferous forest mainly containing spruce and fir trees. Roan Mountain also contains the largest natural Rhododendron Gardens. The northeast side of the massif contains Grassy Ridge which has three peaks, Round Bald, Jane Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald. Yellow Mountain and Hump Mountain are east of Grassy Ridge. These mountains are best characterized by open grassy bald spans atop all of the peaks. Grassy Ridge is the longest bald span stretching for approximately 7 miles, covering around 1,000 acres. A grassy bald is a type of highland meadow characterized by thick grass and sparse tree coverage. These grassy balds from May - August contain many varieties of wild flowers including pink Catawba Rhododendron, yellow to dark orange Flame Azaleas, Mountain Ashe, and the extremely rare orangish-red Gray's Lily, one of the few places in the world this flower is found.
There are great camping and backpacking opportunities. However, backpacking on the AT over the Roan Massif can present some challenges in finding water. There are a few spur trails to seasonal creeks that only have adequate water after a good rain. Plan on bringing enough water. Roan Mountain State Park offers plenty of tent and camper spots at the base of the mountain. The park has all of the essential facilities and even a swimming pool.

Roan Mountain gets a ton of snow in the winter and offers great cross-country skiing. The road is plowed though snow drifts can cover it fast. You will need a car that can handle the snow well enough to drive in it. But the reward is a place more like Canada then North Carolina.
High Country Trails
appalachianhighcountrytrails.com
You can use this interactive map to find directions to the trail in the park you are looking to hike. This map is interactive and you can move around and zoom in or out.

For Driving Directions:
Please click on the "hiker man" and then click on the arrow in the bottom right corner. You will then be redirected to Google Maps where you can type in your home address.