Roan Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide

Tennessee

At the bottom of the 6,285-foot Roan Mountain lies the appropriately named Roan Mountain State Park. It’s more than 2,000 acres of hardwood forest and beautiful, rugged ridges. The Doe River snakes its way through the park and is home to a population of trout and other fish. Wildflowers abound, and Roan Mountain is especially picturesque in spring, when azaleas and rhododendron blanket the hillsides. 

Weather in the mountains can get pretty cool in winter, with an average low of 21 F in January. It stays mild in summer as well, with an average high at the peak of summertime in the low 80s. The park is fairly rainy, which accounts for the beautiful blooms that can be found there! Roan Mountain gets between 7-12 days of rain each month.

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Weather
Spring 31 F – 72 F
Summer 55 F – 81 F
Fall 32 F – 76 F
Winter 21 F – 45 F
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Nearby Cities
Roan Mountain, TN
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Roan Mountain State Park

Camping is available at Roan Mountain State Park, with premium sites that have water and electric hookups and nearby showers. There is also a dump station at the campground. If you choose to rent an RV, consider renting with RVshare. Each rental vehicle comes with nationwide insurance coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a dedicated team that will work to make sure you have the perfect RV for your travel plans and unique needs.   

There are also several nearby campgrounds where you can stay while you visit the park:

Black Bear Resort

Black Bear Resort, along the Appalachian Trail, is also located near Roan Mountain. It’s a great place to set up camp and explore both sites, or to enjoy a day or two relaxing and taking in the view. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes 
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry, showers, playground

Roan Creek Campground

This spacious campground is a great place to park your RV for the weekend. When you’re not exploring the area, sit back and relax next to the sparkling Roan Creek for a spell.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: n/a
  • Pet friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: showers, hose/wash down area, firewood, kayak rentals

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What to Do at
Roan Mountain State Park

Inside Roan Mountain State Park

There are a number of things to do at Roan Mountain State Park throughout the year.

Swimming: There is a swimming pool at Roan Mountain. The pool features a wading pool for small children, and there are lifeguards on duty.

Hiking: There are 12 miles of hiking trails throughout the park, ranging in difficulty from easy, family-friendly hikes to more strenuous treks to test your mettle.

Biking: There are more than three miles of mountain bike trails throughout the park that also range in difficulty for beginner or more experienced riders.

Fishing: As one of the most productive trout streams in the state, the Doe River is an excellent place for fishing. There are also other wild trout streams nearby, and the Watauga River provides abundant fishing as well. 

Interpretive programs: The Miller Farmstead at the park gives visitors a glimpse at the lives of Appalachian settlers.

Outside Roan Mountain State Park

There’s plenty to do outside Roan Mountain State Park as well! From taking in the local sights to relaxing with a tasty bite to eat, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 

Restaurants

Highlander BBQ

This family-friendly restaurant near Roan Mountain is of course known for their finger-lickin’ barbeque. But people talk just as much about the delicious coleslaw, the fried pickles, and the fried banana pepper rings. So grab some ‘que, but be sure to try some of the sides as well.

Type: BBQ

Location: Roan Mountain, TN

Puerto Nuevo Mexican & Seafood Restaurant

At this Mexican restaurant, everything is prepared fresh daily with healthy ingredients. Puerto Nuevo offers authentic Mexican food, including seafood and a vegetarian menu. They also have a wide selection of tequilas and margaritas.

Type: Mexican

Location: Banner Elk, NC

Bob’s Dairyland

One of the oldest restaurants in the county, Bob’s is known for their barbeque pork. However, they also have tasty hand-breaded seafood, burgers, ice cream, and much more. Stop in for a meal, or pick some up at the drive-thru for a delicious picnic.

Type: BBQ

Location: Roan Mountain, TN

Shopping

Shell Creek General Store

This quaint, cozy store sells antiques, local arts & crafts, candy, toys for kids, and vintage toys older people will remember and appreciate. Browse for a special souvenir of your trip or to bring back a special present for someone else!

Location: Roan Mountain, TN

Sightseeing

Appalachian Trail

The park is near the Appalachian Trail, and you can spend a day - or as many as you’d like - hiking part of the famous, 2,190-mile trail that winds from Georgia to Maine.

Location: Roan Mountain, TN

Bristol Caverns

Tour the caverns that lie far beneath the surface of the earth. You’ll see the ancient Underground River that carved the caverns from the core of the earth 200-400 million years ago, and get a close-up look at stalactites and stalagmites - some larger than tree trunks and some smaller than straws.

Location: Bristol, TN

Tweetsie Railroad

Take a ride on the Carousel, Ferris Wheel, boats and planes, the Free Fall, and the Tilt-a-Whirl - along with the Mouse Mine Train - at this train-themed amusement park.

Location: Blowing Rock, NC

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How to Get to
Roan Mountain State Park

Take I-26 through Johnson City and take Exit 24 (Hwy 67). Follow Hwy 67 through Elizabethton, and turn right onto Hwy 19E 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 Hwy 143 and follow it into the park. 

The address for the park is 1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain, TN.

Entering Roan Mountain State Park

There is no entrance fee for the park.

There’s no better way to create memories with those you love than by heading out on a road trip! Renting an RV with RVshare makes the trip easy and stress-free. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and make the trek, or fly into Tennessee and rent an RV for camping, you’re sure to have an adventure you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!