Roan Mountain State Park

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Roan Miller Homestead.jpg
Park Name Roan Mountain State Park
Type State Park
Nearest City Roan Mountain
State Tennessee
Park Use/Features Dnr bike.png Dnr camp.png Dnr dog.png Dnr fishing.png Dnr hiking.png Dnr skiing.png Dnr waterfall.png
Area 2,006 acres
3.134 mi²
8.118 km²
Operated By Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Parking 36° 10' 36", -82° 4' 46"
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Park Overview[edit]

Roan Mountain State Park offers 11 trails with a total of 13.06 miles of hiking trails running through forest and some up to overlooks.

How to get there[edit]

From Johnson City (I-26 Exit 24):

  1. Take TN67/US321 over to Elizabethton (about eight miles).
  2. Turn right/south at traffic light for TN37/US19E/US321 and travel for 17 miles.
  3. Turn right/south for TN143 for five miles to park visitors center.
  4. Trailheads are in several places around the park.

GPS address is 1015 Hwy 143 Roan Mountain, TN 37687.

Park Trails[edit]

There are several discrepancies between the park trail map, posted trail lengths, and GPS measured hikes. This wiki lists the GPS tracked hike.

The following trails are available in Roan Mountain State Park.

Park TrailsTrail DistanceDifficultyTrail blaze
Blue 21.56 mi
2.511 km
MediumBlue
Chestnut Ridge2.26 mi
3.637 km
HardOrange
Cloudland (Roan Mountain State Park)0.66 mi
1.062 km
EasyLight Blue
Forest Road3.29 mi
5.295 km
MediumPurple
Fred Behrend2.26 mi
3.637 km
MediumGreen
Peg Leg Mine0.308 mi
0.496 km
EasyWhite
Raven Rock1.02 mi
1.642 km
MediumRed
Ridge Top (Roan Mountain State Park)0.3 mi
0.483 km
MediumYellow
Riverside0.59 mi
0.95 km
EasyWhite
Tom Gray0.37 mi
0.595 km
EasyWhite
Turkey Trot0.44 mi
0.708 km
EasyRed

Official Park Map

Park Lodging[edit]

Park offers RV sites, tent only sites as well as cabins. Sites fill up quickly on most summer weekends. It is ill advised to arrive without a reservation in the summer.

Campground[edit]

Camp store sells wood, ice, and some very basic other sundries. The main RV area is blanketed with Wi-Fi but when visiting in Summer of 2015, couldn't be accessed. Several bathhouses are spread around the site and include flushing toilets and hot showers. A dump station for RV's is also available near the camp check-in station.

Typical tent only site
Tent only sites are built on a course gravel bed so bring your tarps to protect your tent floor and sleeping pads or mattresses for comfort. Each site includes a lantern post, a concrete picnic table, rock lined fire ring, standing grill, water hydrant, and trash can. Note that the tent only sites do not have electrical hookups.

Camp sites of special note:

  • 22 & 38 have no tree block separating them (good for groups, bad for others)
  • 26 is next to a bathroom with a light and fan on all night
  • 33, 35, 36, 37, 39, and 40 are prime sites along the Doe River

Note! As a state park, alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Other Park Amenities[edit]

  • Pool
  • Playgrounds
  • Amphitheater
  • Conference center
  • Picnic areas
  • Pavilions
  • Tennis courts
  • Shuffle board - in state of disrepair
  • Volleyball court

Fees, Permits, etc.[edit]

The park has no day use, trail head, or entrance fees.

Camping fees range from $11-$27.50 per night depending on time of year and site amenities plus a $3 per reservation fee and taxes. Reservations can be made at their website.

Cabins range from $85 — $140 per night depending on size and time of year plus a $3 per reservation fee and taxes. Reservations can be made at their website.

Misc. Information[edit]

The house at the Miller Homestead was built in 1908 by Nathanial Miller and eventually became the home of his family of wife Sallie and their six children (Eula, Frank, David, Steward, Lloyd, and Carrie). Frank Miller was a State Park on-site interpreter for a time before his death.

After the Hike[edit]

After a hike, check out Bob's Dairyland back down in Roan Mountain.

Maps[edit]

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