TDEC proclaims Roan Mountain 'Park of the Year'

(PHOTO: TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation)

State officials formally announced Tuesday the designation of Roan Mountain State Park as Tennessee's 'Park of the Year.'

The Carter County facility received the award last month during the park system's annual management conference.

The report issued Tuesday by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said the park "demonstrated excellence in innovation, sustainability, interpretation, resource management and fiscal responsibility."

Besides projects aimed at more youth activities and expanding recycling operations, the park also became an Appalachian Trail Community by the trail's Conservancy program- marking the second such designation in the state, the report said.

"...Roan Mountain went above and beyond in 2016 thanks to the talent and skills of park staff and creative partnerships with local communities," said TDEC Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill.