The Miller Farmstead was built in 1908 and is preserved as a reminder of the communities that thrived in these mountains during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. In 2015, the farmstead was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The farmstead is open for scheduled group tours between April and October of each year. Tours are limited to 12 registered participants. Please see our park calendar for tour dates & times and to pre-register. School and other organized groups may schedule group tours by contacting the park office at 423-547-3900.
As you drive up the road you leave Roan Mountain State Park and enter Cherokee National Forest, which is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The parking lot at the gap provides access to the Appalachian Trail. To the north, the AT crosses a series of grassy balds, virtually treeless areas that offer unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. This 10 mile stretch of balds is touted by many AT thru-hikers as one of the most beautiful sections of the entire trail. To the south, the AT climbs to the high point of the Roan Mountain ridge - 6,285 foot Roan High Knob.
To reach the famous Catawba rhododendron gardens and the old Cloudland Hotel site on Roan Mountain bear right at Carver's Gap onto the Forest Service access road. All vehicles must stop at the USFS fee station and pay a small fee to enter the gardens area. The access road is closed during the winter months. The Catawba rhododendrons normally bloom in mid to late June, putting on an amazing display of color.