Mount Jefferson State Park, Jefferson

Categories: Mountains, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • The view was amazing! We went on a clear day and could see for miles. It was peaceful and breathtaking. The hike was not as bad I as thought it would be. 
  • We stopped in on our State Parks trip and was amazed at the views on the road to the top. We hiked to the summit for an awesome view of NC, VA, and TN. You just have to look over Walmart like lol. 
  • Mount Jefferson State Natural Area has become one of our favorite day trips. We live about 2 hours away and love to head to Jefferson and West Jefferson to picnic and hike at Mt. Jeff. Driving into th...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Love it absolutely love the trails and hicking with my family. GREAT VIEWS GOOD EXCERSISE
  • This state park has a small picnic area and a few trails to hike. It's not huge, but the scenery is unbeatable. The trails are marked as moderate and strenuous, but they really weren't more than moderate.
  • The park is beautiful and the overlooks are easy to get to. The views have great views of Jefferson and West Jefferson.
  • Nice park with excellent views and good facilities including picnic areas, trails and parking.
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