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11/29/2018 - The restrooms at the Summit Picnic Area are closed for the winter season.  The ADA restroom at the park office remains open.

 Last updated on: Thursday, December 6, 2018

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 the park ranger for a One-mile hike to Luther Rock amphibolite outcrop area. Come and explore some of the park’s most amazing views as you make your way along the mountain ridge.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/17/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

The distance between the mountain top and town below is about 500 meters or (1600ft).  Either way it’s an amazing view on this mountain. Meet the ranger for driving tour of each of the three parking lot overlooks. We will discuss park and local history as we enjoy the “vast ocean of mountains” 922
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
First Overlook

 Meet the park ranger for a One-mile hike to Luther Rock amphibolite outcrop area. Come and explore some of the park’s most amazing views as you make your way along the mountain ridgeline. Wear sturdy shoes. 922
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/24/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Meet at Sunset Overlook for a relaxing evening of night sky science and stories. Our evening will begin as the sun sets over Three Top and the mountains in our western horizon. This program will include hands-on activities, glow sticks, and an introduction to basic astronomy. Satellite viewing and a review of space science achievements will be a part of our starry evening. Join us for an hour of interesting fun space science and stories at Mt. Jefferson’s scenic overlooks.   
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/12/2019 - 8:00pm
Start Location:
1st Overlook "Sunset Overlook"

Meet the ranger for a Spring hike along a short easy section of the park’s newest trail. As we hike we will watch for signs of spring and then turn-around at an amphibolite/quarts rock outcrop. This will be a 1/2 mile hike total distance. Bring a jacket and closed-toe shoes.   
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/04/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
2nd Overlook (Sunrise Overlook)
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

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