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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

The view from Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Rising abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, Mount Jefferson is often first viewed at a distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a national natural landmark with a rich history. Five hiking trails allow exploration of rare geology and plant communities in Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, including a child-friendly TRACK trail and a strenuous scramble along the mountain’s ridgeline. Overlooks offer vistas into neighboring states. Picnic grounds with shelter combine scenic views with cool summer temperatures and breezes.

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Mount Jefferson Poetry

The 2016 Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Poetry Contest brought in nearly 200 poems written by local elementary students.  Friends of Mount Jefferson support this program by offering contest winners with prizes such as tents, sleeping bags, fishing poles and telescopes.  NC Poet Laureate Kay Byer continues to support this contest as the final judge for the poems.  The students receive their prizes, certificates and recognition during school assemblies at each of the local elementary schools in Ashe County.  Enjoy an excert from one of the winning entries:


Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

1481 Mt Jefferson State Park Rd
West JeffersonNC 28694
Latitude: 36.393564
Longitude: -81.468012

Park Hours:

8am - sunset
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays