History of Roan Mountain
Standing 6,285 feet on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Roan Mountain has been a popular destination for hundreds of years. Indians came to the top of the Roan, legend has it, to wage a great battle, and so much blood was spilled that the rhododendron turned from white to red.
Spanish explorers came in search of gold, while world renowned botanists came looking for exotic plant species. The rich and the infirm came to the magnificent Cloudland Hotel in the late 1800s and early 1900s to take the invigorating air of the high mountains.