"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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area this fall for beautiful leaf colors and fall festivals!
Come Join Us for a fun-filled weekend as we welcome the North Carolina Downhill Skateboard Race to Mount Jefferson!
August 25 and 26, 2018
9am til 4pm each day
Admission is free
Shuttle service to the race viewing areas located at the base of the mountain starting at 9am each day.
1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694
GPS: 36.393564, -81.468012
8am - sunset
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays