Mount Jefferson State Park, Jefferson

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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is a 1,154-acre (4.67 km2) North Carolina state park in Ashe County, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Jefferson, North Carolina, it includes the peak of Mount Jefferson, named for Thomas Jefferson and his father Peter, who owned land nearby and surveyed the North Carolina-Virginia border in 1749. In 1974, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.
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  • We wanted to go somewhere without all of the crowds. The drive up to the top is beautiful, even with passing rain showers. The road is well maintained. When we got to the top, we found a nice picnic.....  more »
  • Well maintained park, with good signage. Clean Restrooms, picnic tables, scenic overlooks. Variety of activity levels.  more »
  • Fun park to take a day trip. Hikes vary from easy to strenuous, especially if you take the longer trails. Luther Rock is a good place for views, I wish my wife and I could have made it to the trail that goes through a virgin forest, but we had to cut our day short because of rain. The summit trail is mostly a "Hey I hiked to the top of Mount Jefferson" because there's no views there. The sunset, sunrise and Jefferson views are worth stopping at to get pictures, great mountain/city views.
  • Great hiking location. Did the summit trail, the rhododendron trail and the lost province trail. All totaled just over 3 miles. Trails are moderate with a little bit of elevation change. The summit trail doesn't give much in the way of views with a lot of trees. Head for Luther Rock for the best views. There are 3 overlook pulloffs on the road up.
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