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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Soar in Roane

No longer just for the senior set, birdwatching is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in Roane County. Life gets a little bit more interesting when you start paying attention to the wildlife around you, whether it’s a blue heron hunting near a fishing pier or a belted kingfisher chirping from the oak branches in your backyard. Learning to recognize more and more types of birds adds another whole level of enjoyment to spending time in the great outdoors! For more information on birding in Roane County and details on reported sightings over the last 30 days, click here.

Belted Kingfisher, Photo by Rick Mcculley

You’ll find hotspots for birdwatching in several wildlife areas and islands within Watts Bar Lake. Walk the Heritage Center Greenway, where you can spot Bald Eagles and hear the song of our state bird, the Northern Mockingbird. Bring patience and binoculars to the Rockwood Forest trail to spot gorgeous yellow and black throated green warblers. Challenge yourself to find and name at least a few of the 114 species of birds, including black crowned night herons and wood ducks, that can be found at Gupton Wetlands at Lakeshore Park. Roane County’s birdwatching spots protect species that are vulnerable to development and littering, making them prime locations to view even the previously endangered Osprey and Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle, Photo by Rick Mcculley

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