Take I-181 through Johnson City and get off at the Elizabethton/Roan Mountain State Park exit (Hwy. 67). Follow Hwy 67 through Elizabethton, 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.
Daniel Boone was among the longhunters who traveled the Appalachian Mountains to hunt and trade. Legend says that he had to leave behind his ailing red horse on the peak of the mountain. When he returned the following spring, he found the horse alive and healthy. It is said that he named the spot Roan Mountain, in honor of his horse. 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. Doe River bisects the park and provides a healthy environment for legendary trout fishing. 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, bee balm to black bears, there is always something to discover. The Appalachian Trail and famous Rhododendron Gardens of Roan Mountain can be accessed at Carver's Gap, an 8-mile drive from the park.
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