A view of the Doe River as it flows through the Roan Mountain State Park outside of Roan Mountain, TN. While the Appalachian Trail and the other hiking trails at the top of the mountain (within the National Forest) are always popular choices (especially when the Rhododendron and Flame Azalea are blooming), there are more than 12 miles of hiking trails within the state park. There's also a terrific campground in the state park, cabins to rent, fishing, swimming, volleyball, tennis and picnic shelters. An authentic old homestead is located within the park that is open for tours. The campground and cabins are the perfect location for planning a visit to the area - from this central location you can take in all of Roan Mountain, and set out to see nearby attractions such as Elk River Falls, Grandfather Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival is held at the park usually the third or fourth weekend in June.
Check out the official town website for more information about the Festival and check out the official park website for directions, a park map and additional information.