Mount Jefferson State Park, Jefferson

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is a 1086acre North Carolina state park in Ashe County, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Jefferson, North Carolina, it includes the peak of Mount Jefferson, named for Thomas Jefferson, who owned land nearby.HistoryIn 1939 the Works Progress Administration created a road enabling widespread access to Mount Jefferson. Local citizens donated land and money in efforts to attain state park status for the local park, which required the park to have a minimum of 400acre. By 1956, their efforts yielded a 300acre donation and raised enough funds to buy an additional 164acre for the park. As a result, Mount Jefferson became a state park in October 1956.Tourist informationThe park has one main road that leads to the peak of Mount Jefferson. On the way up are two overlooks followed by hiking trails and a picnic shelter at the top. The mountain rises to more than 1600ft above the surrounding landscape and provides a bird's-eye view of both Jefferson and West Jefferson. Park hours are limited by inclement weather, but otherwise open every day during the year with the exception of Christmas Day.
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  • Mount Jefferson towers over the towns of Jefferson and West Jefferson. The state natural area protects the mountain and the road leading to near the summit. On my last visit, several years ago, all th...  more »
  • Went to Mount Jefferson for a hike. Wonderful natural area to see and learn about nature. Easy to moderate hiking levels, great areas to see the sunset. Plenty of places to cook out, grills provided a...  more »
  • At 60 years old, we look for moderate and easy hikes. Mt Jefferson has trials that work for us. The trail through the picnic area and up the mountain offers great views. The picnic area is a great pla...  more »
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  • Nice facilities. Trails are kept clear and neat. Pay attention to the signs as some trails can be slightly strenuous for inexperienced hikers.
  • Don't expect much from the top of the service road besides seeing a cell phone tower and a weather tower. Take the extra hike to Luther Rock and it will be worth it. Excellent overall. An easy hike for the view.
  • The view is breathtaking from top of the mountain. Definitely a place to be visited in N.C.
  • We stopped here on the way through to Virginia. The views were amazing. We didn't hike very much but hope to return one day to hit the trails. Stopping at the overlooks to take in the view is a must.
  • Awesome spot for a hike. Easy to get to, you will find great views and a couple of miles or so of trail.

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