Roan Mountain Garden TR 1002

Area Status: Closed

3/19/2024- Roan Mountain Recreation Area will undergo a major renovation this summer, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. 

The Recreation Area will be closed during the repairs.

The area to be closed includes the rhododendron gardens, Roan high bluff, Cloudland parking area, and Cloudland Trail. Carver’s Gap and the Appalachian Trail will remain open, but there is limited parking at Carver’s Gap. 

We ask that visitors plan accordingly and contact the District Office (828-689-9694) if they have any questions or visit for alternative hikes. 


On a clear day you can enjoy views of Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock and Hump Mountain. This trail passes through a large patch of Catawba rhododendrons and consists of two loops. The upper loop is wheelchair accessible, while the lower loop has several steps. There are 16 interpretive stops on the upper loop trail. The stops correspond with a trail guide that is available at the parking area. An observation deck is located at the upper loop. Restrooms, water and picnic tables are available at the parking lot.

Total Length: 1 mile

Total Elevation Change: 120 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Beginning Point: Roan Mountain Gardens Parking Lot

Ending Point: Roan Mountain Gardens Parking Lot

Average Hiking Time: 30 minutes (one way)

Amount of Use: Heavy

Blaze Color: None

Area Trail Map: None

USGS Quad Map: Carvers Gap and Bakersville

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed
Operational Hours:    
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Bakersville, NC
Water: Drinking
Restroom: Flush

General Information


From Burnsville, take US 19E to Spruce Pine. Turn left on NC 226N and follow this to Bakersville. Once in Bakersville, continue to follow this road straight ahead as it changes to NC 261. Take this road to Carvers Gap and the state line. Look for the Roan Mountain sign and turn left onto NC 1348. The Appalachian Trail crosses here. Follow NC 1348 to the fee station. After the station, turn left onto the gravel road. Continue to the first parking lot on the left. The trailhead is located next to the restrooms.


Day Hiking

Wheelchair accessible, Hiking
Elevation desc Low Point 6,080 ft.-High Point 6,200 ft.


Interpretive Site: 16 interpretive stops on the upper loop trail
Accessible: Upper loop