COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Roan Mountain State Park

Activities

Interpretive Programs

The Miller Farmstead provides a glimpse back to the hardiness and self-sufficient lifestyles of the Appalachian settlers.

Carver's Gap, a low point in the ridgeline of Roan Mountain, is eight miles past the park on highway 143.

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Swimming

The pool at Roan Mountain State Park will remain closed for the 2020 summer season. The decision was made to keep this facility closed in the interest of public health and staff safety. COVID-19 presents unique challenges for managing pools. Pools are confined spaces not conducive to social distancing. The very nature of lifeguarding requires close contact with pool users and creates the potential for unnecessary risk in life-saving situations. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen the pool for your enjoyment.

Our park remains open and is still a great place for you to enjoy water-based recreation this summer. Find other activities at the park here.

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Hiking/Biking

There are approximately 12 miles of day-use hiking trails in Roan Mountain State Park and approximately three miles of mountain bike trails. Difficulty levels range from easy to strenuous. The Appalachian Trail is accessible by an 8-mile drive from the park. 

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Fishing

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.