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Roan-Mountain is a small village nestled at the base of the mountain by the same name, which towers 6,285 feet above the community. Located on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, an official "Tennessee Scenic Drive" runs right through the middle of the community, and Roan Mountain State Park is also located here. The State Park encompasses over 2,000 acres of southern Appalachian forest and ranges in elevations from 3,000 feet in the valley to 3,700 feet in the surrounding ridges. Visitors can hike along the creek beds, fish for trout in the pristine mountain streams, camp, swim and enjoy mountain music concerts. Park rangers and naturalists are in the park year round to provide educational programs for visitors. The Appalachian Trail can be accessed atop Roan Mountain at Carver's Gap, just an eight-mile drive from the park. Roan Mountain is most well known for their beautiful Rhododendron Gardens located at the peak of the mountain, spread out over three natural areas that cover 600 acres. It's the world's largest display of blooming rhododendrons and thousands of people flock to the mountain at the peak bloom season in late June each year. For over fifty years, Roan Mountain has been the site of a Rhododendron Festival in June, usually held in the State Park, with traditional music, handmade arts and crafts, demonstrations and a variety of good food. Other area attractions include Watauga Lake, the Historic Covered Bridge in Elizabethon, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park and the 1780 Carter Mansion, recognized to be the oldest frame house in Tennessee.

Surrounding areas: Hampton, Tennessee (7.9 mi), Watauga Lake, Tennessee (9.2 mi), Butler, Tennessee (10.3 mi), Erwin, Tennessee (19.3 mi), Johnson City, Tennessee (19.4 mi), Bluff City, Tennessee (21.9 mi), Englewood, Tennessee (22.2 mi)


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