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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

Park News

Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

Oh What a Vast Ocean of Mountain

"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

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.

First Day Hike at Mount Jefferson

They say that what you do to ring in the new year sets the tone for your entire year. For 32 people who  joined Ranger Joe Shimel at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, getting active and out in nature was on the menu. This was a First Day Hike, part of a national program through America’s State Parks to promote outdoor activity across the country. The program boasts guided outdoor hikes in all 50 states. In North Carolina alone, every state park offered First Day Hikes to their visitors.

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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