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.
The park road is open to vehicles up to the 1st overlook. Due to slick ice on road surfaces the road is closed to vehicles beyond the first overlook. The park is open to hikers and parking is available. Please use extreme caution regarding high winds that may cause branches to fall without warning.
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
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.
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.
Is the heat getting to you? Come on up! Ashe County, home of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, is often referred to "as the Coolest Corner of North Carolina."
Join a Park Ranger guided hike or program. Take a float down the New River and find the perfect fishing hole.
July is packed with local activities. There are continuing concerts in the Town of Todd and on the Backstreet of West Jefferson. The month ends with the Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention on July 27 and 28.
Spring has come to the mountains!
The sky is Carolina Blue with a few white, fluffy clouds. The snow is melting and the temperatures are getting just right for a visit to Mount Jefferson State Natural Area.
The trees are beginning to bud, the grass is turning green and soon there will be newborn animals everywhere!
The “In It to Win It” 100 Mile Challenge Giveaway Campaign launched on March 23, 2018. Check out www.ncparks.gov for more information on the 100 Mile Challenge.