E.B. Jeffress Park-Mileposts 271.9-272.5 Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."