Things to Do

Amenities in and around Roan Mountain


GoBetsy Crafts and Drafts festival October 13 & 14

Twenty craft breweries will converge on Joe O’Brian Field at this first ever craft beer, master craft and fine art expo!

Liberty! Outdoor Drama-  

The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee, Liberty! is the story of the Watauga Settlement at Sycamore Shoals. Originally called "The Wataugans”, the drama is performed each summer at the Sycamore Shoals state park by a cast of volunteer actors against the backdrop of the Sycamore Shoals' historic Fort Watauga. Opening in July each year, the re-enactment is performed Thursday through Saturday on the last three weekends of the month.  


Roan Mountain Farmers’ Market

Held every Saturday morning in the Roan Mountain Community Park, this was the first farmers’ market to establish in Carter County in over a decade. There is live music sporadically, along with craft vendors and locally grown produce…Come have a conversation with locals and visitors.


AMY Public Library (Newland)

The Avery County Public Library is home to a very special collection of books. Mr. Robert Morrison, the Avery Library's benefactor, was a world traveler and avid collector of many books. The Avery County Morrison Public Library houses a sampling of his private library's holdings which reflects his wide range of reading interests and travels. The public is invited to view these holdings which are not available for individual check-out privileges. In addition, due to the generosity of funds left to the Avery County Morrison Public Library by Mr. Robert Morrison's will, the Avery Library has an excellent reference collection which is available for all patrons in the Tri-County area to use and enjoy. Some of these holdings are available for check-out although the majority of the holdings are for reference, in-house use at the Avery County Morrison Public Library.


Mountain Glen Golf Course

In the early spring of 1961, the idea of an affordable golf course for the citizens of Avery County was born. Shortly thereafter on  June 23, 1961 Avery Development Corporation was formed. Several tracts of land including a 400 acre dairy farm were secured and golf course architect George W Cobb was hired to draw up plans for an 18 hole layout. Cobb was a notable and prolific golf course designer who created over 100 golf courses in the southeast including The Par 3 Course at the Augusta National Golf Club and Quail Hollow Golf Course in Charlotte, NC. Cobb fell in love with the area and described it as one of the most beautiful natural locations for a course he had ever seen.  The first 9 holes were completed and opened for play on July 4, 1964, and the second 9 holes on May 29, 1965. George Cobb got it right the first time, the course has never had to be changed in over 50 years.  He strove to create attractive layouts that the average golfer would find enjoyable, not punishing. The front nine is more of a links style course with small bent grass greens and relatively flat open fairways.  The back nine works it way up to what was once referred to as “Cranberry Draw”.  The 11th hole uphill dog-leg left was rated as one of the best par 4’s in Western North Carolina. Holes 14 thru 18 work their way back down “Cranberry Draw” and return  to the clubhouse.

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