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Field Trip: Cloudland Canyon to Roan High Bluff in the Roan Highlands

June 9 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

TNPS Conference registration is required to attend this field trip!

Description: We will follow the Cloudland Trail to the Roan High Bluff overlook at an elevation of 6267’. Hiking distance is about 2.4 miles round trip with a mild elevation gain of about 125’ at the top. The area of the overlook has a rare high elevation rocky summit plant community that is the habitat for 4 federally listed plant species among others. The trail traverses through spruce-fir forest with Red Spruce, Fraser Fir, and Mountain Ash. If time permits, we may stop at Carvers Gap for a look at the grassy balds and related plant communities. The total time for the trip will be 4 to 5 hours.

Meeting Place/Time: The trip will begin at Roan Mountain State Park at 8:30 am at the pool parking lot. We will gather in carpools and travel approximately 11 miles south on TN State Road 143 to the Roan Highlands. We will proceed onto NC State Road 1348 and drive to the Cloudland Hotel historical site for a brief stop and then continue to the Roan High Bluff trail head.

Difficulty: Moderate: Sections of the trail are rocky, so sturdy shoes and a hiking pole are recommended. Be aware Roan Mountain weather is variable from bright sunshine to windy cool conditions, so you may want to bring sunscreen and a jacket.

Facilities: None

Lunch: Please bring plenty of water and snacks as needed for a 4 to 5 hour hike.

Leader: Gary Kauffman, senior botanist/ecologist with the National Forests in North Carolina


June 9
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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