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Covid-19 has had effects on our events. For more information, please visit our Keeping Visitors Healthy page.
Please note that all programs, events and tours require masks for all participants.
Wednesday, July 1
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors – Donations Accepted All Month – At Roan Mountain we house, care for, and educate the public on a variety of native animals. We work under an educational permit from TWRA. Currently, we care for three birds of prey and several snakes! As you can imagine, caring for these animals is costly, as their food and health care is a specialty!All of our animals are non-releasable for a variety of reasons. We frequently program with these animals and never charge for educational programs when using them. Here is your opportunity to support our educational wildlife program and help us care for these animals! All donations will go to purchase food, pay vet bills, purchase gloves, tethers, falconry equipment, aquarium bedding, and to improve and build more housing facilities for our non-releasable birds of prey. To donate click the green “Register for Event” button at the right. Your donation is a one-time payment. If you wish to cover more than one day, update the “quantity” you wish to donate, or simply come back to this page in future months. Thank you for supporting our Wildlife Ambassadors at Roan Mountain State Park!
Friday, July 3
Good Morning Blue 2 – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Meet Brittany at the Blue 2 trail head and see the beauty of our park in the morning. Make sure to bring your closed toed shoes and proper hiking attire.  Meet at Blue 2 Tail Head.
Peanut Butter Bird Time – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Meet Brittany to learn about a few of the bird species of Roan Mountain and how to craft a bird feeder out of everday objects! This prgram does invovle peanut butter. Meet at Shelter 2.
A Wheelie Safe Time! – 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Join Brittany for some important information regarding biker safety followed by a group bike ride around the campground! This program is aimed to inform children on how to ride their bike safely. Be sure to bring your bike, helmet , water and closed toed shoes. Meet at Shelter 3.
Summer Concert Series: Carson Peters and Iron Mountain – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Playing since the age of 3, Carson Peters is a young musical prodigy who never ceases to amaze… talk about BIG talent in a small package.  This famous child fiddler has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, played onstage with Ricky Skaggs, and been a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Come get his autograph! ** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION!  Donations accepted. Meet at the Amphitheater.
Saturday, July 4
Introducing our Miller Farmstead – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet Christian and Brittany to learn about the history behind our cozy farmhouse and its associated outbuildings. Meet at Farmstead.
Briliant Butterflies – 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Join Brittany to meet some of our beautiful butterflies that call Roan Mountain home followed by crafting your own butterfly.
Meet at Shelter 2.
Lets Get Hooked – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Meet Christian and Brittany to learn basic fishing knots and techniques. Be sure to have your fishing license, water and sunscreen. We can provide fishing poles and tackle. Meet at Shelter 2.
Summer Concert Series: Mister Mystery – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – How does he do it?  It’s a mystery!  This amazing magic show will have you gasping in wonder, scratching your head, and laughing out loud.  Definitely family-friendly entertainment at its finest.** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION!  Donations accepted.
Sunday, July  5
Wake up Hike – 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet Brittany to explore the trail at your most aware hours. Be prepared to hike a steady incline for 1 mile. We encourage you to wear pants, closed toed shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Stream Ecology – 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Have you ever wondered how healty the water quality of the Doe River is? Join Brittany to do some simple experiments to test the water in our campground! Be prepared to get in the water with closed toed shoes. Meet at: Shelter 3.
Salamander Hike – 3 p.m. – 4 p.m – Join Brittany to hike up the 2-mile Moonshiners Run Trail to find some of our slimy friends, the salamander! Be sure to wear proper hiking attire and bring water. Meet at: Moonshiners Run Trail Head.
Monday – Friday, July 6-10
2020 Junior Ranger Camp – Roan Mountain State Park proudly offers our 2020 Junior Ranger Camp to 30 individual youth ages 8-12.  Junior Rangers at Roan Mountain will take part in outdoor classes focusing on safety, wildlife, plants, astronomy, water, and history.  Each day, Junior Rangers will set off on adventures around Roan Mountain State park learning and playing in the outdoors.  Camp this year will take part this year from Monday, July 6th through Friday, July 10th.  Activity details and times will be available soon and a schedule will be posted for download.  This camp is limited to 30 and Registration will begin on May 1st and end May 16th.  Registration details will be posted on our Facebook Page and this page soon.
Tuesday, July 7
Fiddlers Club: Weekly Group Lesson – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Cost is $10.00 – Lessons are taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day and focus on traditional tunes and playing techniques.
All you need to participate is a working fiddle, a desire to learn, and a little time to practice. The more you can practice, the quicker you’ll make progress, but even if you only have a few minutes a day and show up for lessons on a regular basis, you’ll fit in fine. Everyone progresses at their own pace and the group setting means that we all learn and benefit from each other’s questions (and struggles).
There are two ways to join up:
1) If you’ve had previous experience (maybe you had a year or less of lessons, and/or it has been a long time and you remember just a little) register online or in person, and show up to the lesson. Folks in the lesson are moving at different speeds and you’ll fall right in.
2) If you’ve never played before, or you feel like you’d be starting over from the beginning, start by registering for an Absolute Beginner’s Fiddle Workshop. They are offered on the last Saturday of each month. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’re welcome to join the weekly group lesson.
If you have questions about our class, or need help finding an instrument, if you want to get started as a complete beginner, or would like to try but have some anxiety about it, contact the instructor. She’ll answer questions and talk you into coming.
Friday, July 10
Peg Leg Mine Hike – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Join Christian to learn about iron mining history and the Cranberry Vein. Meet at the Visitor Center.
A Wheelie Safe Time! – 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Join Brittany for some important information regarding biker safety followed by a group bike ride around the campground! This program is aimed to inform children on how to ride their bike safely. Be sure to bring your bike, helmet , water and closed toed shoes. Meet at Shelter 3.
Saturday, July 11
Beary Big Bears – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Join Brittany to learn about the black bear and through arts and crafts get a true understanding on how big this animal truly is. Meet at Farmstead.
Bamboozled Fishing – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Join Christian for some information regarding the trout life cycle and how to create your own primative bamboo fishing rod. Meet at Shelter 3.
Summer Concert Series: Mountain Rose – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Join these local talents for a bluegrass/folk-rock experience like no other!  Experience the music and energy of Roan Mountain.** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION!  Donations accepted. Meet at Amphitheater.
Monday, July 13
Tom Gray Nature Walk – 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Learn about our parks flora and fauna with Brittany on a half-mile nature walk along the Tom Gray trail. Meet at Shelter 3.
WHOO Lives Here – 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Join Brittany to learn about our friends in flight, the owl! This is a brief program introducing our park owls and their background. Bring you best owl impression. Meet at the Aviary.
Frog Song 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Join Brittany to learn about our native frogs and to play a frog call game. Meet at Shelter 2.
Tuesday, July 14
Fiddlers Club: Weekly Group Lesson – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Cost is $10.00 – Lessons are taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day and focus on traditional tunes and playing techniques.
All you need to participate is a working fiddle, a desire to learn, and a little time to practice. The more you can practice, the quicker you’ll make progress, but even if you only have a few minutes a day and show up for lessons on a regular basis, you’ll fit in fine. Everyone progresses at their own pace and the group setting means that we all learn and benefit from each other’s questions (and struggles).
There are two ways to join up:
1) If you’ve had previous experience (maybe you had a year or less of lessons, and/or it has been a long time and you remember just a little) register online or in person, and show up to the lesson. Folks in the lesson are moving at different speeds and you’ll fall right in.
2) If you’ve never played before, or you feel like you’d be starting over from the beginning, start by registering for an Absolute Beginner’s Fiddle Workshop. They are offered on the last Saturday of each month. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’re welcome to join the weekly group lesson.
If you have questions about our class, or need help finding an instrument, if you want to get started as a complete beginner, or would like to try but have some anxiety about it, contact the instructor. She’ll answer questions and talk you into coming.
Friday, July 17
Somethin’ Fishy About the Doe – 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Meet Brittany to discuss a few types of fish around in the Doe River. Afterwards, create your own colorful fish to take home as a keepsake. Meet at Shelter 1.
Bear-y Big Bears – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Meet Brittany to craft a life size model of our furry friend, the Black Bear and to learn some interesting facts about our giant friends. Meet at Farmstead.
A Wheelie Safe Time! – 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Join Brittany for some important information regarding biker safety followed by a group bike ride around the campground! This program is aimed to inform children on how to ride their bike safely. Be sure to bring your bike, helmet , water and closed toed shoes. Meet at Shelter 3.
Saturday, July 18
Morning Light Moth Party  – 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Stop by Conference Center between 6 and 8 am on July 18th (early is better) to meet Larry McDaniel of the Friends of Roan Mountain and see what moths and other night flying insects were attracted to the moth lights. The lights will be set up and left on Friday night so to attract all sorts of unique insect visitors. We should see many species of moths including silkworms, sphinx and tigers. This is a good way to photograph moths. Smart phone cameras work great.  Stop by any time for this free, no-registration activity.
Meet at: Park Headquarters
Berry Beautiful Fields – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Join Brittany for some Blackberry picking and learn about our parks wildflowers. Meet at Shelter 2.
Tree ID Hike – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Meet Brittany to learn about some of the trees of our region! Be prepared to hike .5 miles so wear pants, close toed shoes and bring water. Meet at: Visitor Center.
Frog Song – 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Join Brittany to learn the frogs and toads sounds native to our region! Meet at Shelter 2.
Summer Concert Series: The Roan Crows – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Rock out with The Roan Crows as they dish out crowd-pleasing favorites from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s rock and roll classics.  These guys are loads of fun, don’t miss ‘em!** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION!  Donations accepted. Meet at the Amphitheater.
Sunday, July 19
Morning at the Farmstead – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet Brittany to learn about the history behind our cozy farmhouse and its associated outbuildings.
Irish Traditional Music Session – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – An Irish “session” is an informal gathering of musicians who play Irish Traditional Music. It’s like a music jam, but with a set repertoire of tunes and a very specific style. Experienced Irish Traditional Musicians (melody instruments only) are welcome to join. Due to COVID-19, this event is limited to 10 total participants and advance registration is required. CDC recommendations apply.If you’d like to play, but you’re not sure if you’ll fit in, contact the program leader.  Meet at Conference Center.
10 Essentials for a Day Hike – 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Join Christian for a brief discussion of what to bring on a day hike. Meet at Conference Center Porch.
Lets Get Hooked – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Meet Christian to learn basic fishing knots and techniques. Be sure to have your fishing license, water, and sunscreen. We can provide fishing poles and tackle. Meet at Shelter 2.
Primitive Weapons – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Meet Christian to try your hand at a few primitive weapons. We will be handling spears, tomahawks, and the oldest of them all the ATL – ATL. Meet at Shelter 3.
Salamander Hike – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Join Brittany to hike up the 2-mile Moonshiners Run trail to find some of our slimy friends, the salamander! Be sure to wear proper hiking attire and bring lots of water. Meet at Moonshiners Run Trail Head.
Monday, July 20
Butterfly Hunt – 10:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. – Ready to catch some butterflies? Meet Brittany at Shelter 1 to chase some butterflies and learn why they love Roan Mountain. Meet at Shelter 1.
Stream Ecology – 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Meet Brittany to test the water quality of the Doe River! Come prepared wearing your water shoes. Meet at Shelter 3.
A Splashing Fun Time – Join Christian on this creek stomp adventure. We are going to try to find the small, medium and large animals of the Doe River to see what the quality of water is. ( bad, fair or good) Bring shoes that you are okay with geting wet. Meet at Campground check-in.
Tuesday, July 21
Fiddlers Club: Weekly Group Lesson – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Cost is $10.00 – Lessons are taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day and focus on traditional tunes and playing techniques.
All you need to participate is a working fiddle, a desire to learn, and a little time to practice. The more you can practice, the quicker you’ll make progress, but even if you only have a few minutes a day and show up for lessons on a regular basis, you’ll fit in fine. Everyone progresses at their own pace and the group setting means that we all learn and benefit from each other’s questions (and struggles).
There are two ways to join up:
1) If you’ve had previous experience (maybe you had a year or less of lessons, and/or it has been a long time and you remember just a little) register online or in person, and show up to the lesson. Folks in the lesson are moving at different speeds and you’ll fall right in.
2) If you’ve never played before, or you feel like you’d be starting over from the beginning, start by registering for an Absolute Beginner’s Fiddle Workshop. They are offered on the last Saturday of each month. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’re welcome to join the weekly group lesson.
If you have questions about our class, or need help finding an instrument, if you want to get started as a complete beginner, or would like to try but have some anxiety about it, contact the instructor. She’ll answer questions and talk you into coming.
Friday, July 24
Here I Am! – 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Join Christian to learn how to build noisy toys out of recycled nature items! Meet at Shelter 3.
Doe River Snorkeling Excursion – 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Cost is $8.00 – Join Christian for a free-based snorkeling tour of the Doe River. This adventure is limited to 10 participants and registration is $8.00. Register your spot now!. Meet at Visitor Center.
A Wheelie Safe Time! – 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Join Christian for some important information regarding biker saftty followed by a group bike ride around the campground! This program is aimed to inform children on how to ride their bike safely. Be sure to bring your bike, helmet , water and closed toed shoes. Meet at Shelter 3.
Summer Concert Series: Bandwagon Fallacy – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – This groovy band hails from just over the mountain in Buladean, NC.  Bandwagon Fallacy rocks the house with old-time favorites and touching originals from classic rock, country, folk and soul.** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION!  Donations accepted. Meet at Amphitheater.
Saturday, September 26
The Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain – 6-7 p.m. – The Overmountain Victory Trail Association will present the story of the Overmountain Men and their journey to the Battle of Kings Mountain in September 1780. Join historical interpreters in period dress at the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater for an interesting and informative program. Program begins at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event. For more information, please contact Steve Ricker, OVTA Director of Interpretation Primitivetrails@gmail.com. Meet at Park Amphitheater.
Saturday, October 3
Fall Chili Cook-off – 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Cook up a pot of your secret recipe and compete for prizes, or just come sample the chefs’ creations! Everyone is welcome to kick-off the fall season with food, fun, and fellowship. Register prior to October 3 at the Park Headquarters or Campground Check-in Station 12:30-2 p.m. for public eating. Cooks may begin cooking starting at 8 a.m. at Shelter 3. Prizes will be awarded to the judges favorite chili, public favorite chili, best decorated chili booth, and overall best use of heat to flavor ratio (no burning off taste-buds!) Meet at Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground.
Saturday, October 10
Autumn Harvest Festival – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Step back in time with us on Saturday, October 10th at the Miller Farmstead from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Our Autumn Harvest Festival brings guests back into the mid 1800s with historical tours of the Farm, house, and land surrounding the area. The farmstead will be packed with historical demonstrations, games, traditional music, food, crafts, and more! Come out and support these local artists and re-enactors, or join in the fun by calling us to sign up as a vendor or re-enactor today. Vendors and artists may email their interest to Philip.Hylen@tn.gov or contact (423)547-3947. In case of bad weather, the festival will be moved to the Visitor’s Center. If the festival will be moved, we will post it on our park Facebook page and have a sign re-directing guests from the Farmstead entrance. Meet at: Miller Farmstead
Saturday, November 14
Appalachian Winter Celebration – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Roan Mountain State Park is building on the Old Time Yule celebration to tell the story of traditional holiday celebrations and preparations for winter in the Appalachian Mountains. Join us from noon-3 p.m. at the historic Miller Farmstead to enjoy a true mountain celebration. Meet at Miller Farmstead. Event includes:
  • Firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate.
  • Historic house and farmstead tours.
  • Appalachian Story-telling.
  • Traditional Christmas and mountain music by Thistledew.
  • Winter Nature Hikes.
  • Old time letters to Santa.
  • Home-made Cookies Station.
  • Historical winter preparation demonstrations on the Farmstead.
  • More to come!