Hike to Roan Mountain – NC, US

Hike to Roan Mountain – NC, US

Roan Mountain is a 6,285 ft (1,916 m) mountain straddling the North Carolina/Tennessee border in the Unaka Range of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the Southeastern United States.

The range’s highpoint, Roan is clad in a dense stand of Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest, and includes the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden, and the longest stretch of grassy bald in the Appalachian range.

The Cherokee National Forest and Pisgah National Forest converge atop the mountain, with Roan Mountain State Park located near its northern base.

The Appalachian Trail traverses most of the Roan’s crest. The Roan High Knob Shelter is the highest back-country shelter on the entire 2,174-mile (3,499 km) trail.

I set out on another three day adventure with my trusty canine companion.

Together we trekked a little over 20 miles across the Roan massif making stops at the many historic sites along the way like Cloudland Hotel and Yellow Mountain Gap (Overmountain shelter).

I read so much about this unique part of Appalachia over the years, it was finally time to experience it for myself.

Video Source: Roan Mountain | Backpacking on the AT from Seagrass to Sassafras on Youtube CC BY

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