Pilot Mountain
The Most Unique Mountain In NC
Great North Carolina Hiking Books!

Roan Mountain - Pisgah National Forest, NC

Printable Topo Trail Map
   All Hikes Map
   Click for location shots
   Click for Parking/Start location
   Hike trail blazed colors
   Other trail

  • Flash_FP1
  • Flash_FP2
  • Flash_FP3
  • Flash_FP4
  • Flash_FP5

Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
17.4 mls N/A
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:

8 hours and 30 minutes with 1 hour and 15 minutes of breaks
4,630 ft
Printable Topo Hike Map (PDF)
Burbank TN Weather Forecast
Garmin (GDB), GPS eXchange (GPX) (What's this?)
3D View of Route

Park on Hughes Gap Rd/TN 2680. 36.13685, -82.14091

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins ()

Roan Mountain and the Roan Highlands are famous for having the largest natural Catawba rhododendron gardens in the world. The heath shrubs, concentrated among Roan Mountain Gardens, Carvers Gap, Jane Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald, produce beautiful pink and purple flowers once a year during the month of June. Due to the popularity of the rhododendron blooms and the vistas from the mountaintops, Carvers Gap can be overrun most summer weekends. Carvers Gap is the unofficial bisection of the Roan Highlands and the shortest access to the eastern section of expansive balds. By comparison, Roan Mountain on the west side of Carvers Gap is a mixture of heath balds, spruce-fir forests, and rugged cliffs. This companion hike to the popular Roan Highlands hike explores everything Roan Mountain has to offer. Beginning at Hughes Gap, the hike follows the Appalachian Trail north (compass south) through hardwood forests before climbing to the heights of Roan Mountain. From there you’ll take the Cloudland Trail to views from Roan High Bluff and explore the Roan Mountain Gardens. If you decide to continue the Appalachian Trail, you will be able to summit the high point of the Unaka Mountains and experience outstanding views from the balds. You have the option of doing all of this as a long day hike, or a starting point for a long backpacking trip.

Interactive Hike Map Below Printable Topo Hike Map (PDF)
Hike route in   Drag the map with your mouse using the icon Zoom with the controls on the left
Mouse-over the icons in the map below for location shots

Calculate roughly how many calories you could burn on the Roan Mountain hike:

Hiker Reviews For The Roan Mountain Hike (5 Most Recent)

Be the first to review the Roan Mountain hike here!   Share Hike: 

Mid June
about us | terms of use | © 2018