Is hiking or backpacking your thing? Then you’ll love the mountain trails found in our region. Of course you’ll want to start on the Roan Mountain Trails. Roan Mountain and the Roan Mountain Highlands straddle the North Carolina/Tennessee border just a few miles outside of Bakersville. There are several trails that roam through the park’s forests and stretches of Grassy Balds. Hikers in the know will recognize the famous Appalachian Trail that crosses Roan Mountain. The top of the mountain is open from April through October. Roan Trails include the Cloudland Trail, Gardens Trail (the world’s largest Rhododendron Gardens in the world) and the Appalachian Trail.
Visit the Ranger station inside the Museum of NC Minerals at Milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Local National Park Service rangers can assist you with hiking maps and the Mitchell Chamber Visitor Center, located at the Museum can also assist you with brochures, maps, public access computers and more.