Roan Highlands

The Roan Massif is comprised of a handful of high peaks along the Tennessee-North Carolina border including Roan High Knob, the highest point in the Unaka Range and five 6,000-ft peaks in total. The massif is divided in character at Carvers Gap, where TN143/NC261 cross the range. To the west of the gap is Roan High Knob and Roan High Bluff which is covered in thick spruce-fir forest. To the east of the gap is the longest stretch of grassy bald, crossing three peaks -- Round Bald, Jane Bald and the 6100-ft Grassy Ridge Bald.

Management: Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District; Cherokee National Forest, Nolichucky-Unaka Ranger District (ph. (423) 638-4109)
Trail:  Appalachian Trail
Trailhead: Carvers Gap --TN143, NC261; US19E
Highlights: Numerous vistas, long expanses of open grassy bald, show-stopper azalea and rhododendron gardens, thick spruce-fir forest