Hikerpalooza 2020


Hikerpalooza 2020 will mark the fourth year since Roan Mountain was awarded the official AT Community designation in 2016. Since that time, we have experienced, really teriffic publicity here in the district. Achieving trail community status is an event worth celebrating! Roan Mountain became an officially designated Appalachian Trail Community in 2016, and the festival is part of our ongoing commitment to promote awareness, interaction and conservation of our National Treasure. The AT also provides economic development and visitorship to the Roan Mountain Community, with some estimates showing over 10,000 people interacting with the AT annually, and many right here in District 2. Last year, we saw Bob’s Dairyland voted best food on the AT, and our Carver’s Gap section of trail voted as most scenic in The Trek magazine. Thanks to the Trail Community Committee’s efforts, High Country Magazine, Carolina Mountain Life and other regional publications ran feature articles about Roan Mountain and Carter County outdoor attractions this year. We even experienced an uptick in sales tax collections here, in comparison to the rest of the county at a time where sales were comparatively flat. 

Podcasts and blogs by thru-hikers continue to feature Roan Mountain people and attractions as our positive reputation continues to grow within the hiker community...and we will need your help again this year in order to keep that momentum going. 

Hikerpalooza will take place May 8-10 this year, with camping opportunities available in the community park running through the 11th. In partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Roan Mountain Recreation Foundation,  Eastman Hiking and Canoing Club and the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, we have already begun to schedule some great outdoor symposiums, bands, community potlucks, campouts in the park and more. New this year, our sister trail communities in Hot Springs, Erwin and damascus have reached out to cross-promote with us. At this time, we are in search of business and community sponsors for the event to help us defray the cost for promotion, entertainment, games, contests, events and symposiums in this family-friendly event of significant regional interest. There are gold, silver and bronze level partnerships to fit every budget, plus opportunities to set up as a vendor or presenter during the festival. I would also direct you to VisitRoanMountain.com, an off-season project developed by the trail team that offers even more ways to participate in promoting our town. Other promotional opportunities include co-op placement on our Visit Roan Mountain daycation card program that will be distributed to 28,000 households this year, and our series of advertisements scheduled for the High Country Visitor’s Guide with an annual reach of over 150,000 impressions. A promotional drink coaster is alsobeing developed for distribution to restaurants and pubs in the trail towns up and down the trail ahead of Hikerpalooza 2020 with one advertising space available for $300.

All donations to this event are completely tax deductible, and should be made payable to the Roan Mountain Recreation Foundation, a 501c3 organization. with 

“Hikerpalooza” in the memo. Mail to PO Box 328, Roan Mountain Tennessee 37687.


The Roan Mountain Appalachian Trail Community #41 committee is pleased to announce the dates for Hikerpalooza 2020, the annual celebration of our Appalachian Trail community and all things outdoors. Mark your calendars for May 8,9,10 to join us in tenting, hiking excursions, trail maintenance, bands and family fun. New for 2020, we are extremely excited to announce our collaboration with sister AT Communities of Hot Springs NC,  Erwin TN and Damascus VA in hosting a four week four town trail endurance competition to be held

April 25 - Hot Springs • May 2 - Erwin • May 9 - Roan Mountain  • May 16 - Damascus

Thru and Section hikers will have the opportunity to participate in a four week endurance contest to see who is tough enough to make it to all four festivals. Games, prizes and giveaways will be available to participants along the way…stay tuned for more information as this exciting event develops!

“Nestled in the Appalachian (“Appa-latch-an”) Mountains of East Tennessee (below the mountain it is named for) there exists the small vibrant community of Roan Mountain. The population expands and contracts seasonally. One of the seasonal expansions starts when “Thru-Hiker Season begins…. With seven eateries, four hostels, two bed and breakfasts, a post office, a veterinarian, a pharmacy, three grocers, and the most beautiful vistas on the AT; the community of Roan Mountain has a lot to offer. Whether you’re a weary thru hiker, seasoned section hiker, day hikers looking for natures glory or just anyone seeking to slow down and find themselves again after being lost in the bustle and stressful business of living.


Local Club/Community Partners:

Robert Byrd, SHAC. rrbyrd48@gmail.com

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. https://appalachian.org/


Michael Hill Carter County Commissioner. https://www.facebook.com/workinhardindistrict2/


David Magee Owner/Operator of The Station at 19 E. https://thestationat19e.com/


Leonard (Crazy Wolf) Siebert Writer, activist, hiker and Spiritual Naturalist with Animistic tendencies and delusions of humanity.  https://www.facebook.com/LeonardnudawayaSiebert


The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival Saturday-Sunday June 22 & 23, 2019 10am-5pm. “June 1947 saw the first of the Rhododendron Festivals, conceived and carried out by the Roan Mountain Citizens Club as a two-day celebration to memorialize and perpetuate the most gorgeous display of natural beauty on the North American continent. This festival has continued uninterrupted for over sixty years.”


Stepping-Out Cloudland Community Coffeehouse is a once monthly gathering of local musicians, singers, story-tellers, and artist, in a family friendly display, of talent and fun. Held once a month at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center, Stepping out is a wonderful time to be had by all. 


During the months of May through October, every Saturday (At around 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM), there is a Farmers Market. With produce, crafts, and music from the Roan Mountain residents; the Farmers Market is a great place to get a feel for our community and even a unique gift of this special Appalachian Town.  


April 13th this year the First Annual Ramp Festival will be held at The Station at 19e Roan Mountain Tennessee! Live music from the Roan Crows 3p & Mountain Rose at 8pm. Tons of Ramp Recipe Food, Crafts, Cornhole prizes, Swag and more!



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