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Trails

An investment of little more than an hour's time offers a high return as the beauty and diversity of the park are best seen while hiking along its trails. Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and a closer look at the park's vegetation are just a small part of the rewards reaped from a walk in this mountain forest.

 

Lost Province Trail
Location:
Description: Traveling along the south-eastern facing slope of Mount Jefferson, the moderate Lost Province Trail explores a virgin oak/chestnut forest, providing views of false Solomon's seal and other understory species.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.75 miles
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Blue triangle
Lost Province Trail at Mount Jefferson Natural Area
Surface: Natural surface
Mountain Ridge Trail
Location:
Description: This trail offers the hikers beautiful views and an intimate trip through diverse plant communities, while enjoying the craftsmanship of native stone steps. As you enter the strenuous 2 mile trail from the park office, it ascends the mountain through each overlook, to the upper parking area.
Point of Interest:
Length:
2.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Red circle
Mountain Ridge Trail Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Surface: Natural surface
Rhododendron Trail
Location: The trailhead is near the terminus of the Summit Trail.
Description: The self-guided Rhododendron Trail follows a ridge southeast along the crest of the mountain from the summit to Luther Rock, an outcrop of metamorphosed amphibolite. This black volcanic rock is what gives Mount Jefferson its dark appearance. Here, hikers may look back along the horseshoe-shaped ridge to the summit and tower. Beyond, is a spectacular view of neighboring valleys and peaks. On clear days the New River is visible to the east. Bluffs extend along the ridge below the trail where outcrops of amphibolite are visible in winter. The return segment of Rhododendron Trail descends the south side of the mountain. As this area is less exposed to the frigid winds of winter, the trees are somewhat larger than those on the ridge. The trail returns to the picnic area parking lot through a rare virgin forest of large northern red oaks and skeletons of American chestnuts. Surface: Crushed stone
Point of Interest: The trail is most beautiful in early June when the magnificent purple-flowered Catawba rhododendron is in bloom.
Length:
1.10 miles
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Red circle
Spur Trail
Location:
Description: Beginning at the Sunset overlook, the Spur trail ascends .5 miles up the mountain, and intersects with the Mountain Ridge trail at the rock staircase. This trek makes for a great one mile “out and back”, if you don’t have too much time to hike.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
White Diamond
Spur Trail Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Surface: Natural surface
Summit Trail
Location:
Description: Beginning at the parking lot, Summit Trail passes through the picnic area and ascends 0.3 miles to the highest point on Mount Jefferson. Trail Surface: Crushed rock
Point of Interest: Highest point on Mt. Jefferson
Length:
0.30 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Green diamond
Summit Trail Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Surface:
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

Park Hours:

8am - sunset
Closed Christmas Day

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8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays