Roan Highlands, Tennessee, USA
WHAT MAKES THIS AREA UNIQUE?
The longest stretch of grassy bald on the Appalachian Trail, as well as the largest natural rhododendron garden in the world, are found here, making both spring and fall spectacular times of year to visit this area. No need to stop at an overlook to enjoy the view, because on these grassy balds you'll be treated to a panoramic view as you hike! Ease of accessibility and clear trail markings make this area a great no hassle choice for a weekend adventure. Home of the Roan High Knob Shelter at over 6,000'--the most elevated shelter along the Appalachian Trail.
FLORA & FAUNA: deciduous and evergreen forest, grassy bald, rhododendron, whitetail deer, black bear, wild pig, owl, coyote.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Early June for peak rhododendron bloom, or mid-September to mid-October for peak fall foliage.
Y Day Trip
Y Weekend Trip
Y 4 to 7-Day Trip
Y 7 to 14-Day Trip
N Loop Trip
Y Shuttle Service Nearby
HAZARDS: exposed sections of trail.
WHERE TO FIND MAPS/CHARTS: atctrailstore.org
PERMITS REQUIRED? No.
PETS ALLOWED? Yes. Rules apply.
Roan High Knob Weekend Itinerary: 21.6 miles total
Park at Bear Branch Road. Get a shuttle to Hughes Gap, TN 1130
Hike 3 miles to campsite at Ash Gap (unreliable water source).
Hike 10.8 miles to camp on Little Hump Mountain (view, no water source).
Hike 15.4 miles to camp at Doll Flats.
Hike remaining miles to your car at Bear Branch Road.
LOCAL SHUTTLE SERVICE
Greasy Creek Friendly Hostel, 828-688-9948
Kayaking, whitewater rafting, biking.