Summit and Rhododendron Trails — Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Jefferson, North Carolina

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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, named for Thomas Jefferson, whose family owned land nearby, is a 600-acre state natural area in Ashe County that is botanically diverse, scenically lovely, and perfect for hiking with dogs. A nice time to visit is in early June when wildflowers are abundant and the Catawba rhododendron are in bloom, but this is an enjoyable trail any time of year, including in fall—when the many hardwood leaves morph into beautiful colors.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, named for Thomas Jefferson, whose family owned land nearby, is a 600-acre state natural area in Ashe County that is botanically diverse, scenically lovely, and perfect for hiking with dogs.

A nice time to visit is in early June when wildflowers are abundant and the Catawba rhododendron are in bloom, but this is an enjoyable trail any time of year, including in fall—when the many hardwood leaves morph into beautiful colors.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jefferson
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 203 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 4,683 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Local Maps: USGS Jefferson
Driving Directions: Directions to Summit and Rhododendron Trails — Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

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