Cloudland TR 1000

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

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


Picnic tables:
Accessible: Upper Loop of the Roan Mountain Garden Trail # 1002
Drinking water: