Spring Rally Trips

  • 3:00 PM Geology of Roan Mountain - Mick Whitelaw and Jeremy Stout (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Carver's Gap to Cloudland Hotel – Mick Whitelaw and Jeremy Stout: We will walk up the Cloudland access road from Carver's Gap to the old hotel and return via the AT.
  • 3:00 PM Grassy Bald Ecology Exploration - Travis Bordley (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Travis Bordley: Enjoy a short, moderately difficult hike from Carvers Gap to the top of Round Bald. Guided by Travis Bordley who for 4 years has been an ecologist specializing in the grassy bald ecosystems that are endemic to these mountains.
  • 3:00 PM Hike to Jones Falls - Marty Silver (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Enjoy a vigorous hike with Marty Silver to a lovely waterfall with plenty of wildflowers along the way. This will be a strenuous hike along the AT on nearby Buck Mountain.
  • 3:00 PM Photography - Ranger Marcianne O’Day  (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Join Ranger Marcianne O’Day for an easy walk and learn some of her tried and true methods for better nature photography using a cell phone.
  • 1:00 PM Nature Photography - Travis Bordley (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Join professional photographer, Travis Bordley on an exploration of Roan Mountain State Park. Travis is a photographer who has taken photos of Roan Mountain for over 5 years. Learn the basics of photography like composition, lighting, and technical skills on this leisurely hike.
  • 1:00 PM Wildlife Tracking and Signs - Marty Silver (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Be a wildlife detective! Learn to read tracks, scats, and other clues to wildlife activity on this easy hike along the Forest Road trail.
  • 1:00 PM Snakes - Connie Deegan (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Snake lovers will appreciate a short factual conversation about these awesome reptiles with emphasis on identification, habits, benefits and more. We’ll head out and walk through slightly different habitats, discussing what we may find.
  • 1:00 PM Tri-Cities Young Naturalists - Cade Campbell (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Do you want to find rare salamanders, giant millipedes, and explore mysterious, mossy woods full of bright spring wildflowers and ancient boulders? Join Cade Campbell of Tri-Cities Young Naturalists for an adventure in search of some of the wildest and most fascinating animals, plants.and fungi.
  • 12:30 PM Owls - Phillip Hylen (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Join Roan Mountain State Park Ranger Phil Hylen at the park aviary to meet some of nature's top guns - the owls. This live owl program will leave guests with a greater appreciation for the diversity of wildlife found throughout Roan Mountain.
  • 10:30 AM Mosses and Liverworts - Jim Goldsmith (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Join Jim on a hike to learn more about these fascinating plants.
  • 10:30 AM Beginning Birding - Joe McGuiness (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    If you have an interest in bird watching and are not sure how to start, then this is your hike! We will concentrate on learning some bird ID tips, using binoculars and field guides, and having fun. Good for folks with limited experience as well.
  • 10:30 AM Moonshiner's Run Wildflower Hike - Phillip Hylen (9 particpants maximum)
    Apr 24, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Join Ranger Philip to find wildflowers on this 1.2 mile hike, moderate difficulty on natural/relative flat terrain.
  • 10:30 AM Snakes - Connie Deegan (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Snake lovers will appreciate a short factual conversation about these awesome reptiles with emphasis on identification, habits, benefits and more. We’ll head out and walk through slightly different habitats, discussing what we may find.
  • 8:30 AM - Salamanders - Dale Ledford (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Dale will lead this hike into the woods in search of these secretive creatures.
  • 8:30 AM Fred Berhend Trail Hike - Lance Jessee (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    Join Steele Creek Park naturalist Lance Jessee on a moderate to difficult nature hike on the Fred Behrend Trail. Here, we'll explore the biodiversity of rich Southern Appalachian forests on one of the park's most biodiverse trails.
  • 8:30 AM Beginning Birding - Joe McGuiness (9 participants maximum)
    Apr 24, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    If you have an interest in bird watching and are not sure how to start, then this is your hike! We will concentrate on learning some bird ID tips, using binoculars and field guides, and having fun. Good for folks with limited experience as well.
  •  8:30 AM Birding - Cade Campbell & Adrianna Nelson (9 Participants Maximum)
    Apr 24, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
    During spring migration, Roan Mountain is alive with the complex songs, striking colors, and fascinating behavior of a great biodiversity of warblers, vireos, and other unique birds. Join Adrianna Nelson and Cade Campbell to identify these feathered residents of the park by both sight and sound.