The natural beauty of East Tennessee is nearly boundless. So much so that looking at a map, the question of where to go next may feel daunting.
Enter Roan Mountain State Park.
Here we have a truly bucket-list-caliber slice of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This more than 2,000-acre mountain park is located in Carter County, in Northeast Tennessee along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, approximately 2 1/2 hours northeast of Knoxville, 1 1/2 hours north of Asheville, North Carolina and roughly three hours southwest of Roanoke, Virginia.
The famed Appalachian Trail crosses through the park, so you are apt to meet hikers along the trails here. The most breathtaking portion of the park is up on the mountaintops and balds, where the vistas are the longest. You can see as far as North Carolina's Mount Mitchell in the distance after a short hike from the parking area.
Yet there is plenty to do at the park's lower elevations, too.
Miller Farmstead, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014, has been standing for more than 100 years, and offers a historical component to visitors. Anyone wishing to stay over in Roan Mountain State Park can pitch and tent or pull up their RV at the more than 100-acre campground area, or rent one of dozens of cabins.