Roan Mountain’s swimming pool is open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Admission is $4 and cabin and camping guests pay half price for admission. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Lifeguards are on duty and there is a wading pool for small children. WiFi is available. During August, the pool is open only on weekends. A snack bar, Mini-Bob’s, is open during pool hours and serves hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream and more.
The Doe River is one of the most productive trout streams in the state and is in close proximity to other wild trout streams as well as the Watauga River. Most anglers flyfish for abundant Rainbow and Brown Trout in the streams. Other tackle is productive for bass, Walleye and catfish in the Watauga River.
There are approximately 12 miles of hiking trails in Roan Mountain State Park and 2.25 miles of mountain bike trails. Difficulty levels range from easy to strenuous. Hikers can stroll along the Doe River or take a challenging trail up to a ridge with a great view. and 2.25 miles of mountain bike trails. The Blue 2 Trail is used by both hikers and mountain bikers.
Peg Leg Mine Trail 0.3 Miles — Natural — Easy
Cloudland Trail 0.5 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Forest Road Trail 2.7 Miles — Natural — Difficult
Chestnut Ridge Trail 2.3 Miles — Natural — Difficult
Turkey Trot Trail 0.5 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Raven Rock Overlook Trail 1 Miles — Natural — Difficult
Tom Gray Trail 0.4 Miles — Natural — Easy
Fred Behrend Trail 2.3 Miles — Natural — Difficult
Blue 2 Trail 1.8 Miles — Natural — Easy
Riverside Trail 0.7 Miles — Natural — Easy
Ridge Top Trail 0.5 Miles — Natural — Difficult
Cabin Access Trail 0.1 Miles — Natural — Easy
Park Headquarters Access Trail 0.1 Miles — gravel — Easy
Other hiking choices abound in this area of the southern Appalachians. Many trails of varying distances and difficulty can be accessed from the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Elk River Falls, Laurel Fork Falls, and Linville Falls are also nearby. The Appalachian Trail, Rhododendron Gardens Trail, Roan High Bluff Trail and Hack Line Road Trail can be accessed from Carver's Gap, which is 8 road miles from the park.