Welcome to Appalachian Trail Community #41: Roan Mountain, Tennessee!

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Roan Mountain was featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Carolina Mountain Life 

A Carter County “Daycation” from the Summer 2017 issue of Carolina Mountain Life

Your idyllic mountain getaway still exists! We know folks would never settle for traffic, big city prices and overdevelopment, when that cabin on a babbling brook, panoramic mountain views, adventure sports opportunities, the best fishing in the region and fantastic indie dining combine with an uncomplicated lifestyle and relaxing pace in Roan Mountain, Tennessee!  Known as Tennessee’s “Naturally Nice” outdoor playground, Roan Mountain is located in southeastern Carter County, near the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The community is situated along the upper Doe River at the river's confluence with Buck Creek. The mountain with which the community shares its name, Roan Mountain, rises several miles to the south. Reaching an elevation of 6,285 feet (1,916 m), the mountain is the highest point in Tennessee outside the Great Smoky Mountains. The Appalachian Trail traverses the mountain before descending and crossing U.S. Route 19E near the state line, and then turning westward across the crest of White Rocks Mountain. Elk Park, North Carolina is located across the state line in Avery County, North CarolinaHampton, Tennessee, is located further down the Doe Valley to the northwest.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,160 people, 484 households, and 351 families in Roan Mountain. The population density was 60.4/km² (156.4/sq mi). 

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The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens are located above the community of Roan Mountain. The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival is held each summer at the lower elevation of Roan Mountain State Park, offering visitors opportunities to sample traditional foods, purchase locally handmade crafts, and listen to a variety of traditional Southern Appalachian musicians, as well as to view the alpine catawba rhododendron gardens whose blooming season usually peaks during the third or fourth weekend in June. The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, a well-known old-time string band performing traditional Appalachian music, hail from the Roan Mountain area. This family band has been featured at venues including the Smithsonian Museum's American Folklife Festival, the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The band has received numerous awards and recognitions, and acquired an unexpected audience after Malcolm McLaren sampled some of its music in his 1982 hit song, "Buffalo Girls." Later the Hilltoppers' home was visited by the Sex Pistols and Boy George.


US 19 splits into US 19E and US 19W in Bluff City, Tennessee, north of Elizabethton. The routes rejoin in rural Yancey County, North Carolina. While US 19W heads directly for Interstate 26 at Exits 35 and 36 in Johnson City, Tennessee, US 19E takes a 70-mile (113 km) path through the heart of the Unaka Mountains. US 19W splits from I-26 shortly before reaching the Tennessee-North Carolina border, and passes through the mountains of Yancey County, North Carolina.

Alternate US 19W is co-signed with Interstate 26 for much of its length in Tennessee. US 19E in Tennessee runs concurrently with State Route 37.

Tennessee State Route 143 intersects US-19E in the Roan Mountain community, and connects the area with both the state park and Carvers Gap (near the summit of Roan Mountain).

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