Nestled among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Roan Mountain State Park is a must visit for those searching for an RV rental in Carter County. Being just a ten-minute drive from Highway 19E and close to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, this accessible park is within driving distance of Kingsport and Charlotte, NC.
Roan Mountain State Park was designated as a state park in 1959 and has been impressively developed and maintained ever since. Stretching across 2,000 acres, the park boasts acres of hardwood forest, multiple rocky ridges abundant with wildflowers and the meandering Doe River.
With easy access to the renowned Appalachian Trail, limitless fishing opportunities and a well-kept mountainside campground, consider RV rental in Roan Mountain State Park for your next getaway.
Camping at Roan Mountain State Park has always been incredibly popular with hiking enthusiasts. With around 12 miles of hiking trails within the park, all ranging from easy to difficult levels, there are enough trails here to keep even the most active person busy for days. Consider starting with one of the easier trails, such as the Moonshiner’s Run Trail. Following the natural movement of the Doe River, this easy trail provides beautiful vistas and a sea of vibrant wildflowers during springtime. On the other end of the scale is the Chestnut Ridge Trail, considered to be the most difficult in the park. Although just two miles long, this strenuous hike consists of steep climbs through deciduous forest, narrow trails along craggy ridges and finally ends at a stunning viewpoint over the Roan Highlands.
Many of the trails, including the challenging Chestnut Ridge Trail, pass the historical Miller Farmstead. Originally built in 1908, but settled as early as 1870, this farm has been impressively preserved to allow visitors to experience how life once was in the mountains. Rent an RV rental here during the summer to really see this historical farm come to life with musicians, storytellers and various demonstrations of lost mountain trades.
Thanks to the temperate climate in Roan Mountain State Park, Doe River maintains a cool temperature all year, making it the ideal breeding grounds for three different types of trout. Fly-fishing is one of the most popular ways to try and catch the native brook trout, rainbow trout or brown trout that all live here in abundance. Get yourself a permit from the visitor’s center, bring your best fishing rod, and get fishing!
Camping at Roan Mountain State Park
When looking for somewhere to stay in the area, why not consider RV camping at Roan Mountain State Park. This extensive, no-frills campsite comprises of over 100 sites, 80 of which come equipped with water and electric hook-ups. For those who enjoy staying connected on the road, there is even site-wide access to WiFi. With many of the popular hiking trails leading directly from the campsite itself, consider motorhome camping here if you are keen to get hiking. The beautiful Appalachian Trail also runs through the campsite, should you wish to complete a small part of it during your stay.
Alternatively, head to Blountville for a huge selection of amenity abundant campsites that cater to travelers visiting the Blue Ridge Trail. Lakeview RV Park is highly recommended and comes with fully serviced sites, a large swimming pool, and access to a quaint freshwater lake. This is the perfect campground for those that prefer a tranquil environment away from the crowds but still with all of the luxuries.
Exploring the Area
The Appalachian Mountain range is undoubtedly the biggest draw to the area. However, there are many more attractions in the area than the spectacular state parks.
Rent a camper near Roan Mountain State Park during June to witness the spectacular Rhododendron Festival that has been running since 1947. This natural phenomenon is unique to the southern Appalachian region and sees thousands of large pink blossoms come to life, covering the mountains in a magical pink haze. In celebration of the colorful blooms, a variety of food traders, craft stalls and music performances that set up in the area for the weekend. The nearby campsites get booked up quickly during the festival so book in advance if you want to stay within the park. Don’t panic if you don’t get a spot during the festival weekend, as the flowers are still visible for a couple of weeks afterward.
One of closest museums and, coincidentally, one of the best in the county can be found in Elizabethton. The Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park explores America’s colonial past. The site was originally the muster point of the Overmountain Men, who played a significant part in securing the independence of Tennessee and South Carolina. Today, it is home to a fascinating museum, useful visitor’s center, and several reconstructed historical buildings. Sign up to one of the unique workshops that range from traditional arts and crafts classes to experiencing a day in the life of the military.
Alternatively, head to the Reece Museum in Johnson City for an in-depth study into the Appalachian Mountains, its people, and its culture. Established in the 1920s as part of the East Tennessee State University, this reputable museum has over 20,000 varied artifacts to explore. Visit this museum before or after visiting the Miller Farmstead to create a rounded picture of life in the mountains hundreds of years ago.