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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, NC

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri Sep 25 2015   Later Dates

Description

Mount Jefferson rises abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a landmark for area motorists. Acquaint yourself with this mighty peak by viewing it first from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rising as a long, forested prominence, its dark color is conspicuous among neighboring peaks on the Ashe plateau.

Though the mountain is magnificent from a distance, Mount Jefferson is best appreciated up close. On a clear day, you can see for miles from its peak. A great part of Ashe County spreads out below; fields, forests and mountains mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. On the horizon, the Blue Ridge Mountains form a striking backdrop.

Yet what looms in the distance is no more spectacular than what is right before your eyes. For the forests of Mount Jefferson are a botanical paradise. The interesting and unusual plant life of the park rendered it worthy of designation as a national natural landmark.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Fireplace Grill
  • Group Grill
  • Picnic Tables
Alerts and Important Information
Gate Hours:
  • November - February: 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
  • March & April: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • May - August: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • September & October: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.39766, -81.47347
36°23'52"N, 81°28'24"W

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is in Ashe County on the US 221 Bypass between the towns of Jefferson and West Jefferson. Traveling west on I-40 from Greensboro, or from I-77, take US 421 west past the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right on US 221 and travel north. After crossing the intersection with NC 163, follow the signs to the park by turning right on S.R. 1152, which leads into the park.

Traveling east on I-40 from Asheville, take US 221 north through Boone. After crossing the intersection with NC 163, follow the signs to the park by turning right on S.R. 1152, which leads into the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
1481 Mt. Jefferson State Park Rd
West Jefferson  NC  28694

Phone Number:

Information:  (336)246-9653