Bob's Dairyland named Appalachian Trail community supporter

John Thompson • Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 9:43 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The town of Roan Mountain was recently designated as an Appalachian Trial Community and a popular local restaurant has been designated as the first Roan Mountain AT Community Supporter.

The announcement was made Saturday at Bob’s Dairyland, one of the oldest restaurants in Carter County.

According to Kayla Carter, coordinator of tourism for Carter County, businesses named an AT Community Supporters enjoy plenty of benefits. Some of the advantages, Carter said, include higher visibility on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy media channels, such as the organization’s website, its e-newsletter and social media channels. The businesses can also benefit from discounted advertising rates in the "A.T. Journeys Magazine."

Bob’s Dairyland opened in 1956 as the Roanview Dairyland by Floyd and Sadie Moody. Its name was changed to Bob’s Dairyland when future state senator Bob Burleson bought the restaurant in the 1960s.

The Roan Mountain AT Community Advisory Committee approved the business as an AT Community Supporter based on the owners’ participation in the AT Community application process as well as supporting the committee in planning upcoming events to celebrate the AT Community designation.

The Roan Mountain AT Community Advisory Committee is planning two events to celebrate the recent designation. Appalachian Trail Conservancy leaders, community leaders and state representatives will gather at 1:30 p.m. April 24 at Roan Mountain Community Park to make the designation official. Signage provided by the ATC will also be unveiled. The committee is also planning a trail festival the weekend of May 6.