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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)

Roan Mountain Vacation Rentals

Roan Mountain Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sugar Mountain Ski And Country ClubBanner Elk, NC11.3 mi.(828) 898-9784
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN13.1 mi.(423) 542-4466
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC14.3 mi.(828) 733-4311
Pixie InnUS 221Linville, NC14.3 mi.(704) 733-2597
Pixie InnLinville, NC14.3 mi.(704) 733-2597
Comfort Inn Of Johnson City1900 S Roan StJohnson City, TN16.9 mi.(423) 928-9600
Sleep Inn Inn & Suites2020 Franklin Terrace CtJohnson City, TN17.7 mi.(423) 915-0081
The Jam N'jelly Inn1310 Indian Ridge RdJohnson City, TN19.3 mi.(423) 929-0039
Garden Plaza Hotel211 Mockingbird LnJohnson City, TN19.4 mi.(423) 929-2000
Hampton Inn508 N State Of Franklin RdJohnson City, TN19.4 mi.(423) 929-8000
Quality Inn & Suites207 E Mountcastle DrJohnson City, TN19.4 mi.(423) 282-3335
Holiday Inn Express2002 Temple HL RdErwin, TN19.6 mi.(423) 743-4100
Red Roof Inn210 Broyles DrJohnson City, TN19.7 mi.(423) 282-3040
Days Inn2312 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN19.9 mi.(423) 282-2211
Super 8 Motel108 Wesley StJohnson City, TN20.3 mi.(423) 282-8818
Holiday Inn-johnson City101 W Springbrook DrJohnson City, TN20.4 mi.(423) 282-4611
Ramada Limited2606 N Roan StJohnson City, TN20.4 mi.(423) 282-4011
Comfort Suites3118 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN21.4 mi.(423) 610-0010
Comfort Suites1184 Hwy 105Boone, NC22.1 mi.(828) 268-0099
Hampton Inn Boone1075 Hwy 105Boone, NC22.1 mi.(828) 264-0077
High Country Inn1785 Hwy 105Boone, NC22.1 mi.(828) 264-1000
Super 8 Motel2419 Hwy 105 SBoone, NC22.1 mi.(828) 264-4133
The Homecoming Lodge5335 NC Hwy 194 NBoone, NC22.1 mi.(828) 264-8413
Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza840 E King StBoone, NC22.2 mi.(828) 266-1100
Country Inn And Suites Boone818 E King StBoone, NC22.2 mi.(828) 264-4100
Alpen Acres156 Old US Hwy 321 SBlowing Rock, NC22.3 mi.(828) 295-7981
Chetola Resort & Conference CenterBlowing Rock, NC22.3 mi.(800) 243-8652
Chetola Resort & ConferenceBlowing Rock, NC22.3 mi.(828) 295-5500
Days Inn Blowing RockHwy 321 BypBlowing Rock, NC22.3 mi.(828) 295-4422
Ridgeway Motor InnHwy 221Blowing Rock, NC22.3 mi.(828) 295-7321
Quality Inn Appalachian Conference CTR949 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC22.4 mi.(828) 262-0020
Holiday Inn Of Boone710 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC23.0 mi.(828) 264-2451
Americinn Lodge & Suites376 E Jackson BlvdJonesborough, TN23.0 mi.(423) 753-3100
Holiday Inn Express1943 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC23.3 mi.(828) 264-2451
Jameson Inn119 Pinnacle DrJohnson City, TN23.4 mi.(423) 282-0488
Big Lynn LodgeLittle Switzrlnd, NC24.0 mi.(704) 765-4257
Regency Inn975 Volunteer PkwyBristol, TN27.0 mi.(423) 968-9474
Microtel Inn & Suites Bristol131 Bristol East RdBristol, VA28.4 mi.(276) 669-8164
Howard Johnson Inn2221 Euclid AveBristol, VA28.7 mi.(276) 669-7171
Knights Inn2221-2 Euclid AveBristol, VA28.7 mi.(276) 669-7171

Roan Mountain Weather & Climate

North Carolina has the greatest range of altitude of any state east of the Mississippi River, ranging from sea level along the Atlantic coast to 6,684 feet at the summit of Mt. Mitchell in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Latitude accounts for climatic variations, as does soils, plant cover and inland bodies of water. There is no distinct wet or dry season in North Carolina. Average snowfall in the southern mountains is around 16 inches, with some of the higher mountain peaks and upper slopes receiving as much as 50 inches per year. July is usually the wettest month. Summer rainfall is the most variable; daily showers are not uncommon, but periods of one to two weeks without rain are also normal. Autumn is the driest season, and also sees the greatest drop-off of temperature in the month of October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 28°F 4.25 in. -
February 52°F 32°F 4.32 in. -
March 61°F 40°F 5.38 in. -
April 71°F 49°F 4.87 in. -
May 79°F 58°F 5.61 in. -
June 86°F 67°F 4.29 in. -
July 90°F 70°F 4.35 in. -
August 89°F 68°F 2.77 in. -
September 83°F 61°F 3.56 in. -
October 73°F 48°F 3.13 in. -
November 60°F 40°F 4.95 in. -
December 50°F 31°F 5.77 in. -

Roan Mountain Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 26 miles northwest of Roan Mountain in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located approximately 41 miles west of Roan Mountain in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located roughly 49 miles southeast of Roan Mountain in Hickory, North Carolina, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located around 54 miles east of Roan Mountain in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 58 miles southwest of Roan Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina, and finally the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located approximately 70 miles south of Roan Mountain in Shelby, North Carolina.

Roan Mountain Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC74.2 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC85.7 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC85.7 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN86.4 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN87.6 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN87.6 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC101.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC10.5 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC11.0 mi.
Village of Sugar Mountain Golf CourseBanner ElkNC11.4 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN12.6 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC13.8 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN15.0 mi.
Pine Oaks Golf ClubJohnson CityTN19.4 mi.
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC19.8 mi.
Boone Golf ClubBooneNC22.4 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseBooneNC22.4 mi.
Mount Mitchell Golf ClubBurnsvilleNC23.0 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN24.2 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN24.2 mi.
Green Oaks Golf ClubConcordNC26.5 mi.
Rocky River Golf Club at ConcordConcordNC26.5 mi.
Steel Creek Golf CourseBristolTN26.7 mi.
Tri Cities Golf CourseBlountvilleTN26.9 mi.
Clear Creek Golf ClubBristolVA27.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC11.3 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC11.3 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC13.4 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC37.0 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC74.2 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC107.7 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV110.0 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV112.7 mi.
State Parks
Warriors Path State ParkTN30.5 mi. 
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC31.3 mi. 
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC36.8 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN17.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN17.7 mi.(Children's)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC51.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC49.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC94.6 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN104.6 mi.

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