EB Jeffress Park-Mileposts 2719-2725

Purlear, North Carolina

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One of the Parkway’s best self-guiding interpretive trails and evocative artifacts of human habitation make Jeffress Park a truly wonderful stop. In 1933 E. B. Jeffress, chairman of the North Carolina State Highway and Public Works Commission, was one of the North Carolinians working hard to see Tennessee excluded from the route of a mountaintop motorway between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. He also left no doubt that he and then Governor J. C. B. Ehringhaus were set against permitting the Parkway to be a toll road—as was Skyline Drive, the scenic road that had just opened through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park at the northern terminus of the future Parkway. The Skyline Drive still charges a user fee, and the Parkway is still free. Jeffress Park, one of the Parkway’s smallest roadside recreation areas (600 acres), between Mileposts 272 and 273, memorializes the man who helped make that “No fee” message clear to Parkway planners.

E.B. Jeffress Park-Mileposts 271.9-272.5 Professional Review and Guide

"One of the Parkway’s best self-guiding interpretive trails and evocative artifacts of human habitation make Jeffress Park a truly wonderful stop. In 1933 E. B. Jeffress, chairman of the North Carolina State Highway and Public Works Commission, was one of the North Carolinians working hard to see Tennessee excluded from the route of a mountaintop motorway between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. He also left no doubt that he and then Governor J. C. B. Ehringhaus were set against permitting the Parkway to be a toll road—as was Skyline Drive, the scenic road that had just opened through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park at the northern terminus of the future Parkway.

The Skyline Drive still charges a user fee, and the Parkway is still free. Jeffress Park, one of the Parkway’s smallest roadside recreation areas (600 acres), between Mileposts 272 and 273, memorializes the man who helped make that “No fee” message clear to Parkway planners."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Purlear
Distance: 1-1.2 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Maps: USGS Maple Springs; no Parkway map available
Driving Directions: Directions to E.B. Jeffress Park-Mileposts 271.9-272.5

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May 2018