More Adventure at the Friends of Roan Mountain – Fall Naturalists’ Rally

There are more Adventures for you at the 52nd annual Friends of Roan Mountain Fall Naturalists’ Rally – September 5-6-7, 2014.

wet-n-wild creek adventueThe Friends of Roan Mountain have three Naturalists’ Rallies each year. The Spring Rally in April, The Winter Rally in February, and the Fall Rally in September.

The spring and fall rallies feature a Friday evening meal and after dinner speaker. Saturday is a full day of hikes, walks, strolls, and other nature study activities. Some are easy, some moderate, some strenuous and some are “kid friendly”.

Here is the link to the website: Friends of Roan Mountain .org.

Here is the link to the full schedule and registration.

 Most of the “kid friendly” hikes are on Saturday, Sept 6. Here is an easy to follow kid’s schedule:

 kids-version-fall-rally-schedule-2014 kids version of the Fall Naturalists Schedule

 Of course, when you have question about the kid’s version or the full schedule ask me in an email:

or try the ‘Speak Pipe’ button  to leave me a voice mail. Click on the  “Ask your question here” button above.


‘see you on the mountain.






Awesome Adventures

Hello Adventurers!

Great Adventure!

The Xtreme Roan Adventures was Awesome.

The Free Friday Night Adventures attracted 126 Adventurers.  Jeremy Stout, Director of the Nature Center at Steele Creek Park, wowed the crowd with his Skins & Skulls Adventure.

Seasonal Interpretive Ranger, Joe Nowotarski, proved that he is the Swiss Army knife of park rangers. There were about sixty Adventurers on his Nature at Night Hike. He handled it in a very professional manner.  (Planning is already underway to be better prepared for this kind of success next year.) 

We will be posting more pictures from this year’s Adventures on the Xtreme Roan Adventures website: Xtreme Roan If you have pictures that you would like to share send them to: 


Great Day of Adventure! 

So many Adventures!
                So many Adventurers! 

The Saturday Adventures started at 9:00 a.m. and some of the Adventurers didn’t get off of the mountain util 6:00 p.m. That was a full day of Adventure!

Here, Rachael Lowman, a Friend of Roan Mountain member, is showing one of her bug exhibits to the Adventurers. She was the co-leader with Larry McDaniel of the Creepy Crawlies Adventure.

Rachael has also raised Monarch butterflies from eggs and has presented Monarch Programs at the Roan Mountain State Park.

(Photo submitted by Dane, Thomas, & Bryn’s friend, David Buckles,)



The Xtreme Roan Adventures could never happen without the great volunteers. They give of their time, their energy, and travel at their own expense.  Be sure to thank them for supporting the Xtreme Roan Adventures when you visit their parks and sites.

Baa-tany Goat Project
Bays Mountain Park
Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute
Friends of Roan Mountain
Girl Scout Troop 263 – Kingsport TN
Gray Fossil Site
Johnson City Parks and Recreation Dept
Roan Mountain State Park
Steele Creek Park Nature Center
U. S. Forest Service



Xtreme Roan Adventures .org

Roan Mountain State Park – Program Calendar – July 30 – Aug 3.

Friends of Roan Mountain

Fall Naturalists Rally – Sept 5-6-7 – brochure

Only 3 Days Away from Adventure!

Only 3 Days Away form Adventure at the Xtreme Roan Adventures.

The Free Friday Night Adventure is  July 25, 2014 at the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater. The Adventures start at 8:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight.

There is still time to register on Saturday morning for the full day of Adventure.

Check out the schedule of Adventures here.

Click on some of the Adventure previews from the Adventure Leaders.

On very cool addition this year is the Wildlife Helper Adventure. Denise Shadduck is one of the animal rehabilitation specialists that rescues orphaned and hurt animals. She nurses them back to health and returns them back into nature. Listen to Denise here.


Only 1 week until Adventure!

Xtreme Roan Adventures are only 1week away!

You can still register! Just download the registration forms here.
Then send me and email: or call (423) 538-3419.
We will make sure you get registered for Adventure!

Jeremy-Stout-Geology-Adventure-LeaderOur friend, Jeremy Stout from the Nature Center at Steele Creek Park, will be the opening speaker at the Free Friday Night Adventure at the Roan Mountain State Park amphitheater on July 25.
Come about 8:15 p.m. We’ll start around 8:30. (Bring a flashlight.)

Listen here to Jeremy’s preview of his Skins & Skulls program.

Jeremy will also be leading the Wet Rocks Geology Adventure on Saturday, July 26. Listen Jeremy preview this Adventure here.

Bring creek shoes and dry socks for later.


Check out the Adventure Map! Adventures from the bottom to the top of Roan Mountain

Xtreme Roan Adventures in 2 Weeks!

Xtreme Roan Adventures only 2 weeks away!

Xtreme Roan Adventures logoYes, Adventure is that close!

The Xtreme Roan Adventures free Friday night Adventures is July 25 at the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater.

The full day of Adventure is Saturday July 26!

One of the Adventures is a hike on the Appalachian Trail to see the Baatany Goat Project on Jane Bald.

Baa-iley the Goat book cover at Xtreme Roan AdventuresRosalie Russo was working with the Baatany Goat Project when Baa-iley the Goat had her own Adventure. Rosalie turned that story into a book.  She will be autographing copies of the Baa-iley the Goat book on Saturday at the Roan Mountain State park Conference Center just before the hike.

This is a great little children’s book. It is a true story. It is an Adventure. And you can hike up the mountian to see where it all took place.


Xtreme Roan Adventures

Roan Mountain State Park Activity Calendar July 8 – 12

Friends of Roan Mountain






Only 3 weeks until ADVENTURE!

Garry Barrigar gets in the ceek with the Adventurers.It is almost here! The Xtreme Roan Adventures 2014!

Check out the Wet & Wild Adventure with Adventure Leader Gary Barrigar.

** CREEK SHOES REQUIRED ** Spare dry socks are also a good idea.

The kids will be searching  for different kinds of wildlife in the Doe River.

Only 4 weeks until ADVENTURE!

Xtreme Roan Adventures
at Roan Mountain State Park

The Battany Goat Adventure on the Appalachian Trail,
Saturday, July 26.

It is an out-n-back hike. Meaning that if you get hallway tired before the destination, just turn around and walk out the way you came.

It is about a 1-1/2 miles each way, but there is no time limit. 

Click here to go to the XRA Registration.

Friday evening, July 25, is a free sample of Night Adventures.

Saturday is an all day circus of excitement for ‘children of all ages”.
Just take a look at this XRA schedule.

Ya-hoo! Only 4 weeks until Xtreme Roan Adventures (July 25 & 26) at Roan Mountain State Park in Tennessee.

Only 5 weeks until Adventure!

ONLY 5 weeks until the Xtreme Roan Adventures at Roan Mountain State Park.

XRA-Butterfly-AdventureMore information on the Butterfly Adventure go here and hear Adventure Leaders give a brief preview on what to expect on the Butterfly Adventure.

The Butterfly Adventure will be on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. It will start at the Conference Center at Roan Mountain State Park.




 And how about some Friday Night Adventure?

Connie-Deegan-bat-house_optAdventurer Leader Connie Deegan from the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department will lead a Bats Adventure on Friday, July 25, 2014. This Adventure is free to everyone. It will be at the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater at dusk. Go here to listen to a preview with  Connie.  

More Adventures on the XRA-SCHEDULE

Registration is open!  Go here to download forms and information: REGISTRATION.

If you want to share in the FREE camping space in the tow XRA Group Campsites send m an email:


Xtreme Roan Adventures only 6 weeks away!

Xtreme Roan Adventures
at Roan Mountain State Park

Adventure Leader, Ranger Meg Guy, shows some of the Parks favorite reptiles.

Click here to go to the XRA Registration.

 Friday evening, July 25, is a free sample of Night Adventures.

Saturday is an all day circus of excitement for ‘children of all ages”.
Just take a look at this XRA schedule.

Natural-Nature-Art and Artist


Nature crafts. and a whole porch full of Adventures! This is a great place for energy conserving Adventures.

And while the sites last, we have some tent sites available in the group camping area.
Free while they last. Send me an email:

Xtreme Roan Adventures – just 9 weeks away!

Live Birds of Prey Adventure

Xtreme Roan Adventure - Birds of Prey Adventure Leader Frank Read and FriendGet up close and personal with hawks, owls and vultures with the Live Birds of Prey Adventure!  Xtreme Roan Adventure Leader, Frank Read, will explain why these birds are important and need to be protected.

Frank is a Birds of Prey Specialist at the Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN.  He and his feathered friends will be on the porch of the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center during the lunch break activities.

This is a great learning experience for the whole family. Mom and Dad will learn as well as the Junior Adventurers.Birds of Prey Leader Frank Read is excellent family entertainment at the Xtreme Roan Adventures


 For a look at more Xtreme Roan Adventures see the schedule here.

REGISTRATION  for Xtreme Roan Adventures is OPEN.

Go here to down load your registration form (2 pages).