Roan Mountain Recreation Area to be Closed in 2024

Photo of entrance sign to the rhododendron gardens atop Roan Mountain with a Catawba Rhododendron in full bloom with pink-purple flowers.

Entrance to the rhododendron gardens atop Roan Mountain

Mitchell County Government shares the following annoucement from the U.S. Forest Service:

The Roan Mountain Recreation Area will undergo a major renovation this summer, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. It will be closed to the public for the 2024 season.

Crews have started by drilling a new well and replacing the current water distribution system. Plans also include road surface improvement, replacing curbs and fences, rehabilitating picnic sites, replacing flooring in the visitor center, new interpretive signs and repairing damage on the observation decks. The area to be closed includes the rhododendron gardens, Roan High Bluff, Cloudland parking area, and the Cloudland Trail. Carver’s Gap and the Appalachian Trail will remain open, but there is limited parking at Carver’s Gap.

Plans call for work to be completed by late summer/early fall with the area re-opening to the public in 2025.

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