Cloudland TR 1000

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. 



This trail follows the crest of Roan Mountain and runs through red spruce, mountain-ash, Fraser fir and Catawba rhododendron. It terminates at the Roan High Bluff overlook, which provides views of Bald Mountain, Unaka Mountain, the valley of Buladean and Tennessee flatlands. Additionally, you will pass shrubs, such as sand myrtle and green alder and views of Gray's lily and mountain avens.

Restrooms, picnic tables and Roan Mountain brochures are available in the Roan Mountain Garden area, when the area is open for the season.

Total Length: 1.2 miles

Total Elevation Change: 110 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Beginning Point: Roan Mountain Gardens Parking Lot # 1

Ending Point: Roan High Bluff

Average Hiking Time: 45 minutes (one way)

Amount of Use: Heavy

Blaze Color: Yellow

Area Trail Map: None

USGS Quad Maps: Carvers Gap and Bakersville

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Usage: Heavy

General Information


From Burnsville, take US 19E to Spruce Pine. Turn left on NC 226N to Bakersville. Once in Bakersville, follow NC 226N as it changes to NC 261. Continue on this road to Carvers Gap and the state line. Look for the Roan Mountain sign and turn left onto SR 1348. The Appalachian Trail crosses here as well. Follow SR 1348 to the fee station. Take the first right past the fee station and park in Lot #1. The Cloudland Trail starts to the left near the parking lot entrance.


Day Hiking

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery


Accessible: Upper Loop of the Roan Mountain Garden Trail # 1002