"Oh what a vast ocean of mountain.” That is what famous North Carolina geologist Elisha Mitchell said in 1928 as he stood on the big rock looking out from Mount Jefferson. Today, on most winter afternoons you can still see a vast ocean of mountains. From the park overlooks the mountains are still much like they were long ago. You can still see Mt. Rogers in Virginia in the distance, and just to the nortwest is Tennessee. On clear winter month, visitors look out to see the dramatic silhouette of the Grandfather in the southwest.
February is "Rock Slide" month on Mt. Jefferson. We are not talking about people sliding down rocks, but rocks sliding down rocks. According to the August 1954 issue of The State magazine, there was a major geologic event that took place on a side of Mt. Jefferson in the middle of the night in February 1827. The article states: “On February 27th 1827 a “tremendous roaring” echoed down the valleys of Ashe, and scared the people out of their beds.
Spring has come to the mountains!
The sky is Carolina Blue with a few white, fluffy clouds. The snow is melting and the temperatures are getting just right for a visit to Mount Jefferson State Natural Area.
The trees are beginning to bud, the grass is turning green and soon there will be newborn animals everywhere!
The “In It to Win It” 100 Mile Challenge Giveaway Campaign launched on March 23, 2018. Check out www.ncparks.gov for more information on the 100 Mile Challenge.
There are times during the winter months when you may encounter the “Road Closed” sign as you enter Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Or you may read a weather alert on the website. The question becomes - Can you still take that hike you’ve been promising yourself?
The answer is, yes!