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Rhododendrons at Raon Mtn. State Park

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Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Open year round


Take I-181 through Johnson City and get off at the Elizabethton/Roan Mountain State Park exit (Hwy. 67). Follow Hwy 67 through Elizabethton, then turn right onto Hwy. 19-E south. In Roan Mountain, turn right on Hwy 143 and follow it into the park.

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 left on Highway 143 and follow it into the park.

Detailed directions
To the park | From the park

At least one cabin at the park is accessible to persons with a disability.

Park Activities

Camping Fishing Hiking Trails Swimming

Points of Interest

  Blue Ridge Parkway
  Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests
  Appalachian Trail
  Hack Line Road Trail
  Overmountain Victory Trail
  Rhododendron Gardens
  Grandfather Mountain
  Linville Gorge
  Elk River Falls
  Laurel Fork Falls
  Watauga Lake
  National Forests in North Carolina

Roan Mountain State Park encompasses 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest at the base of 6,285 foot Roan Mountain. Park elevation ranges from 3,000 feet in the valley to around 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. Rich hardwood forests allow for a great diversity of life and a wide range of outdoor activities. Park guests have opportunities to hike along creeks and ridges, fish for trout, play tennis, swim, tour a century old farmhouse, join rangers and naturalists for educational programs, and enjoy mountain music concerts.

Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. From Dutchman's-breeches to deer, trillium to turkeys and bee balm to black bears there is always something to discover. Guests who wish to stay overnight have a choice of RV and tent camping or fully equipped AAA cabins. The Appalachian Trail and famous Rhododendron Gardens of Roan Mountain can be accessed at Carver's Gap, an 8 mile drive from the park. A naturalist is on hand year round to provide programs for visitors to the park and special groups.


Thirty AAA cabins are situated in the woods of Roan Mountain State Park. Each cabin has a front porch with rocking chairs, fully outfitted kitchen, full bath with tub/shower, wood burning stove and gas/electric heat. Firewood, bedding and towels are provided by the park. Cabins 21-30 have telephones; none of the cabins have televisions.

Cabins 1-20 have a private bedroom with a queen bed and an upstairs loft with two twin beds. Cabins 21-30 have a private bedroom with a double bed and a loft with two double beds. All cabins have a sleeper chair.

Reservations may be made up to a year in advance for individuals or families, and two years in advance for groups reserving at least 5 cabins.


All of the park's 107 family campsites have a grill and picnic table and are located near a bathhouse with hot showers. A dump station is located at the campground check-in. The campground has 87 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 20 tent sites that are served by two community water spigots. The tent camping area does not have electric or water hookups. All 107 campsites are available on a first come/first served basis only.

Four group sites, which will accommodate approximately 25 people each, are available for non-profit groups. These four sites may be reserved up to a year in advance. Please contact the park office at 423-772-0190.

The Campground is opened to self-contained campers only from Nov. 15th until April 1st of each year.


The Doe River, which originates just above the park on Roan Mountain, is cool enough year round to be home to three species of trout. Native brook trout, as well as rainbow and brown trout stocked by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, are present.

Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies

Hiking Trails

There are approximately 12 miles of hiking trails in Roan Mountain State Park and 2.25 miles of mountain bike trails. Difficulty levels range from easy to strenuous. Hikers can stroll along the Doe River or take a challenging trail up to a ridge with a great view. Trail users should wear appropriate footwear and clothing and carry drinking water.

Other hiking choices abound in this area of the southern Appalachians. Many trails of varying distances and difficulty can be accessed from the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Elk River Falls, Laurel Fork Falls, and Linville Falls are also nearby. The Appalachian Trail, Rhododendron Gardens Trail, Roan High Bluff Trail and Hack Line Road Trail can be accessed from Carver's Gap, which is 8 road miles from the park.


The park's swimming pool is open from Memorial Day weekend to mid-August. A wading pool is available for small children.

A lifeguard is on duty during open hours.

Park Features

Carvers Gap
Millers Homestead

Special Events

The park hosts special events throughout the year to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachians. In the summer months old time and bluegrass musicians, storytellers, cloggers and other characters perform every weekend at the outdoor amphitheater and the Miller Homestead. The Rhododendron Festival in June and the Autumn Harvest in October highlight area musicians, crafters and folkway demonstrators. The spring and fall naturalist rallies provide an opportunity to explore this area with knowledgeable local naturalists. The old time Christmas at the Miller Homestead reminds visitors of the simple pleasures of the season.

Park naturalists are on hand year round to provide fun and educational programs for the public. Call the park to schedule an activity for your group at the park or at your school or organization. A naturalist can also join tour buses headed to the top of the mountain to provide natural and cultural history information. Program schedules are available each week during the summer.

Other Activities

Playgrounds, Volleyball, Tennis (2 courts open 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.), Horseshoes, Ping-Pong, Basketball, Softball Field, Game Room, Picnicking

Tour Buses

Tour buses are welcome.

Friends Group