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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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Latest Park News:

3rd Annual NC Downhill Race at Mount Jefferson - Emily Pross Takes the Title!

The 3rd Annual NC Downhill Race at Mount Jefferson brought about several firsts. A free-ride day was added to the event, providing an opportunity for additional riders to try their skills on the mountain.  A luge class was added with 12 registered riders competing in classic luge (buttboarding) and street luge. The first and biggest story of the event has to be Emily Pross taking the title. This is the first time a female racer has taken the title in a major sanctioned downhill event in an open class.

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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

1481 Mt Jefferson State Park Rd
West JeffersonNC 28694
Phone336-246-9653
mount.jefferson@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.393564
Longitude: -81.468012

Park Hours:

8am - sunset
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays