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Visit Roan Mountain

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.
Friday, September 18
Backpacking Trail Meals – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Price – $11.00 Adult – $5.00 Children 12 and under – Join Ranger James Holland to learn how to prepare a variety of backpacking trail meals. The focus will be on preparing homemade, lightweight meals that are simple, easy, and made with affordable ingredients. Feel free to bring your backpacking stove!Participants will meet at the Park Office prior to going to the program area.
Saturday, September 19
Doe River Snorkeling Excursion – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Price $12.00 – Join Ranger Phil Hylen for a snorkeling adventure in the Doe River!  This program will start at the Campground Check-in Station and travel to the Tom Gray section of the Doe River searching for the many cool critters that call the waters of the Doe home.  Equipment is provided to participants.  Participation is limited to people ages 12 and older. Reserve your spot today!  Meet at Campground Check-In.
Sunday, September 20
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 (Irish Musicians) and advance registration is required. CDC recommendations apply. To register, contact the program leader. The price is Free. Meet at Contact Host.
 
Friday, September 25
Fire craft: Wilderness Survival/Bushcraft – 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Join Ranger James Holland to learn various methods of lighting a fire without matches.  Instruction will include using a ferro rod, fire from batteries, traditional flint and steel, burning lens, fire piston.
Meet at Park Headquarters prior to going to the program area. Program is free but requires registration due to limited group size (10 persons). Meet at Park Headquarters.
Saturday, September 26
Beginning Birding – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Price is $10.00 – Curious about birds but don’t know where to start?  Join Ranger Phil Hylen for a beginner’s workshop that will get you on your way to a new and fun outdoor hobby. This program will be held at the Miller Farmstead starting at the parking lot and traveling around the grounds as we explore all things bird during the peak of the fall migration in Appalachia.  This program is limited to 10 people with a registration fee of $10.00 per person.  Participants will have a fun birding walk while also learning about the following:
  • Birding Equipment and Apps
  • Wilderness Preparedness
  • Birding by Sight and Ear
  • Backyard Birding Techniques
  • Basic Bird Anatomy and Behavior
Fred Behrend Trail – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Meet Brittany for a 2.35-mile hike around the Fred Behrend Trail located behind the Campground Check-In. Be sure to wear your close-toed shoes and longs pants. Bring plenty of water! Meet at Campground Check-In.
Rustic Sign Making – 2 p.m. – ? – Price is $15.00 per person – Join Ranger James Holland to make your own rustic sign from natural materials. 
Meet at Park Headquarters prior to going to the program area. Program cost is $15 per person and requires registration due to limited group size.
Paper Basket Weaving – 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Early Appalachian settlers crafted baskets to use for what we use as bags and boxes today. Join Brittany at the Miller Farmstead to learn about how these settlers used their baskets and how to create your own basket out of paper! Ages 12+. Meet at Miller Farmstead.