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Events and Programs

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Meet your guide for the adventure on one of the park’s newest trails. Hike through a hardwood forest and get to know some of the park’s evergreen plants, and finally, make your way to one of the lesser known amphibolite quartz rock outcrops. Sturdy shoes are recommended. 
 
 

Date of Event:
Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Sunrise Overlook

Meet your guide for a 1-mile hike to Luther Rock viewing area. Come and explore some of the park’s most amazing views as you make your way along a mountain ridgeline. Wear sturdy shoes. 
 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Meet the park ranger for a one mile round-trip night hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. See amazing views, stars, and the lights of town 1600 feet below. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.  Parts of this hike are considered strenuous. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised. 922
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/07/2017 - 8:30pm
Start Location:
meet at park office

Meet a park ranger to hike and explore the history of the different types of Appalachian plants and their medicinal uses. Please plan for at least an hour to complete this hike. Wear sturdy shoes. 925
 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Rediscover you park today and hike with a ranger to the mountain summit 4683 feet above sea level. At the summit, we will examine the NC Climate Office data collection tower. This tower has a great story to tell. See for yourself the science of weather, and climate on the top of Mt. Jefferson. 922
 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
picnic area
Contact:

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