Hikerpalooza 2020


Due to the international COVID19 Pandemic, Hikerpalooza 2020 has been postponed. We look forward to celebrating the end of the crisis and the re-opening of all our wonderful recreational opportunities in the near future.

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. 

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.

“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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