Tennessee Roan Mountain State Park Camping and Hiking Trip

Situated in the midst of the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains, Tennessee's Roan Mountain State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities to delight any visitor to the area. Not only hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and fishing, this Tennessee state park's attractions also include the historic Miller Farmstead and the celebrated Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival.

Roan Mountain State Park Campground
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36.1765, -82.0793
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Roan Mountain State Park Campground

Tent camping in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

Located at the base of Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2000 acres of Tennessee beauty. The refreshingly cold Doe River, well-stocked with trout, flows through the campground - an early reservation gets you a riverfront campsite.

  • 107 campsites (87 with electric & water hook ups; 20 tent sites, each with water)
  • Limited Wi-Fi (free)
  • Bear country - do not leave food unattended.

Roan Mountain State Park Group Campground

Group campground in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

For larger gatherings, Roan Mountain State Park has four group campsites that hold up to 25 people each. The group campground has easy access to the Doe River as well as picnic tables, fire rings, grills, and water spigots. The closest restroom is about 1/4-mile walk.

Roan Mountain State Park Activities & Cabins

A bit of an outdoor resort, Roan Mountain State Park also includes access to a swimming pool, children's playground, basketball court, and tennis courts. If camping isn't your way to relax, check out the 30 deluxe cabins here (sleeping up to 4-6 people), of which two cabins are pet-friendly.

Hiking

Within Roan Mountain State Park, choose from 12 miles of day hikes and 3 miles of mountain bike trails. An Appalachian Trail adventure is only 8 miles away.

Carver's Gap to Round Bald

Round Bald at Carver's Gap along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee

Don't miss out on this memorable hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) to Round Bald. Drive south out of the Roan Mountain State Park on Highway TN-143 and park at Carvers Gap. Head northbound on the AT through rhododendron tunnels and an old conifer forest and emerge to stunningly gorgeous panoramic views. Definitely one of our favorite family hikes!

  • Easy 3/4-mile hike to Round Bald (1.5 mile RT)
  • Vault toilet at trailhead
Carvers Gap signage in the Pisgah-Cherokee National Forest near Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee
Teen walking through the fence toward Round Bald on Appalachian Trail near Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee
Appalachian Trail leading to Round Bald with blue skies near Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

Raven Rock Trail Overlook

Raven Rock Trail Overlook on a misty afternoon in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

Remnants of a hurricane gave a very wet start to our day. Rather than hide out in the tent, we opted to go for a hike, knowing that this campground had a washer and dryer for our wet clothes. The rainfall gave a magical quality to the forest, and we were rewarded with an abundant variety of mushrooms.

Access the Raven Rock Overlook trailhead from across the Roan Mountain State Park Campground entrance. A relatively short but steep trail, the Raven Rock Overlook offers enchanting views of the Roan Valley and surrounding area.

  • Moderate -difficult: 1.2 mile RT

Tom Gray Trail

Creeping cedar patch along the Tom Gray Trail in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

The Tom Gray Trail starts near the playground by the Roan Mountain State Park Campground check-in area. This easy loop trail takes you along the Doe River. Pick up an informational brochure and enjoy a lovely self-guided nature hike with the kids.

  • Easy 0.4 mile loop

Roan Mountain Gristmill Visitor Center

Roan Mountain State Park Gristmill Visitor Center makes for a great lunch spot - complete with picnic tables, clean bathrooms, and short, easy trails to stretch your legs afterwards. The Gristmill Visitor Center also offers a glimpse into the history of the area in the late 1800's when an iron ore mine operated here.

Peg Leg Mine Trail

Opening to the former iron ore mine on the Peg Leg Mine Trail in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

The Peg Leg Mine Trail starts at the Gristmill Visitor Center and takes you to an abandoned iron ore mine, the Peg Leg Mine. With some sleuthing, you can find the pock-marked areas in the landscape where miners dug test sites searching for iron ore.

  • Easy Trail: 0.35 mile loop

Cloudland Nature Trail

Two teens walking on a bridge on the Cloudland Nature Trail in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

Starting behind the Gristmill Visitor Center, the Cloudland Nature Trail weaves its way through a diverse forest landscape rich with ferns, rhododendrons, moss, and mushrooms. Before you head out, pick up a brochure at the visitor center for a self-guided tour to learn more about this section of the Appalachian Mountains.

  • Moderate Trail: 0.5 mile loop

Miller Farmstead

White country farmhouse with picket fence in the Miller Farmstead in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee

Take a walk back into a simpler time and tour an example of Appalachian subsistence farming from the early 20th century. Three generations of the Miller family farmed the land from the late 1800's through the 1960's, and the Miller Farmstead is a historic testament to the labor, fortitude, and grit of those early mountain settlers. Some of the challenges that the self-sufficient Millers faced were walking to the school five miles away, living in a household with no electricity or running water, and chopping enough wood to heat the house during the winter.

  • Open Memorial Day through Labor Day; weekends in October
  • No admission fee

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Teens petting a black cow on the Miller Farmstead in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee
Butterfly on bright pink flowers along picket fence in Miller Farmstead in Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee
Elevation
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2972
Check-in/out
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4:00pm/12:00p
Cost/Night*
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$16-33
Showers
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Hot
Restroom
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Flush
Max People / Vehicles
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6/2
Visitors Center
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Yes
Camp Hosts
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Yes
Best Site
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# Sites
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107
Open Year Round
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Yes
Laundry
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Yes
*Tent campsites only; accurate at time of publication
1015 Highway 143
Roan Mountain
TN
37687
Contact:
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(423) 547-3900
Free Wi-Fi offered, but not for heavy use such as downloading movies or streaming. Outages occur due to weather and other technical difficulties - not guaranteed.
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