Mount Jefferson State Park, Jefferson

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Mountain State Park
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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  • We went to the top of mount Jefferson and the overlooks had great views, we did get caught in a shower but the outdoor forest canopy protected us. It was a good adventure.  more »
  • Covered picnic area as well as other tables add a wonderful to place to enjoy the outdoors and a beautiful view as well as well marked trails  more »
  • Love this place!! Absolutely lovely views from within city limits without the "trip" to elsewhere for the same experience. Wonderfully accessible if you live in Jefferson as you can visit anytime!  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.