Appalachian Trail Section from Carvers Gap to Roan High Bluff, Highlands of Roan

Roan Mountain, Tennessee

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This truly unique section of the Appalachian Trail along Roan Mountain is known for the famous rhododendron gardens, just steps away from the trail. This hike winds up from Carvers Gap, giving you a superlative view with little effort from Roan High Knob, and then continuing past the ruins of the historic Cloudland Hotel to the rhododendron gardens and out to Roan High Bluff, for unparalleled views into North Carolina, virtually all along a ridgetop or knob. Does it get any better?
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Hiking Tennessee

by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)

This truly unique section of the Appalachian Trail along Roan Mountain is known for the famous rhododendron gardens, just steps away from the trail.

This hike winds up from Carvers Gap, giving you a superlative view with little effort from Roan High Knob, and then continuing past the ruins of the historic Cloudland Hotel to the rhododendron gardens and out to Roan High Bluff, for unparalleled views into North Carolina, virtually all along a ridgetop or knob. Does it get any better?

© 2016 Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Roan Mountain
Distance: 6.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Roan Mountain State Park, 1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687; (423) 772-0190. (Note: The state park is 8 miles from the trailhead)
Local Maps: USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Appalachian Trail: Section from Carvers Gap to Roan High Bluff, Highlands of Roan

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