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The view from Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Restrooms closed   

04/05/22 - the Summit restrooms are closed for repairs.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Map of North Carolina – Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

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Park office

1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.3936, -81.4680



  • Year-round:
    8:00am to sunset
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • Open Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Closed state holidays




News archive

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.

Leaf Watch

Join us at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area this fall for beautiful leaf colors and fall festivals!


2018 NCDH Skateboard Race


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.

Long Hazy Days of Summer


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.

Finally, It’s Here!

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 for more information on the 100 Mile Challenge.

It's Winter - Can we still hike?

There are times during the winter months when you may encounter the “Road Closed” sign as you enter Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Or you may read a weather alert on the website. The question becomes - Can you still take that hike you’ve been promising yourself?

The answer is, yes!