Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Jefferson, North Carolina 28640

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

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"A scenic motor road comes close to reaching Mount Jefferson’s almost 5,000-foot summit. The drive to the park’s upper parking area is worth the trip even if you don’t hike, with impressive vistas at 2.2 miles (Sunset Overlook) and 3.2 miles (Jefferson Overlook). Scattered below are the pastoral farms of a county known for the state’s only cheese factory and the New River, a National Wild and Scenic River, with canoe routes through nearby New River State Park.

Like so many others in North Carolina’s park system, 541-acre Mount Jefferson State Natural Area was proposed and secured for park status by citizens raising their own funds. Picnicking and hiking are the park’s primary recreational activities. The picnic area is located in a beautiful summit forest an easy stroll from the upper parking area. It has nineteen sites with water, restrooms, a picnic shelter, and grills."

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Joe Miller
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"Mount Jefferson rises 1600 feet above the surrounding countryside, offering views of the Blue Ridge and fields, farms, and the town of West Jefferson. Impressive as Mount Jefferson is, it is but a fraction of its size during its heyday some 300 million years ago, when it and surrounding mountains towered 20,000 feet or more. Perhaps more impressive, though, is the variety of flora you’ll find as you hike Jefferson’s nearly mile and a half of mountaintop trails."

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11/15/2009
A bit disappointing. Too easy to just drive up there and crowded on weekend. Yucky view of malls and auto lots right below. Tower closed to public. However on other peak, a mile hike away, are some nice views east and north, some open crags, but tight when crowded.
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11/24/2006
Very nice picnic area with lots of tables, covered shelter with stone fireplace. Restrooms closed during winter. Uphill trail to summit and then mostly flat along ridgeline. Spectacular 360 degree views. Good information along the way about native trees, etc. Summit 4,600 + feet. Road winds up to picnic area. Hike is approximately 2 miles.
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Trail Information

Jefferson
Nearby City
2.2-4 miles
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, 1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Rd., West Jefferson 28694; (336) 246-9653; ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/moje/directions.php; e-mail: mount.jefferson@ncparks.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Jefferson. Download a trail map at the park’s website.
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