Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Facilities Status

Hiking Trails


Summit Restrooms


About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Located in Ashe County 25 miles northeast of Boone, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area surrounds a natural landmark that offers vistas as far as Tennessee from its overlooks and Luther Rock. The mountain, first spotted from the Blue Ridge Parkway, rises abruptly from the surrounding landscape. Over 700 plants call the park home, including the Dutchman's pipevine, which is visited by the beautiful swallowtail butterfly and its distinct black-and-orange-spiked caterpillar. The park's winding road to the summit hosts an annual downhill skateboarding event. 


There are no camping facilities at Mount Jefferson. The closest state park with camping is New River State Park.


  • Hiking (5 miles)
  • Picnicking


  • Picnic shelter

Plan Your Visit


1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.3936, -81.4680


Current Weather

Note: The temperatures shown are for the town of West Jefferson. The summit at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is 4,465 feet above sea level, and temperatures may be several degrees colder than shown, so please plan accordingly.

28694 West Jefferson, NC

Park Hours

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Open 8 a.m. to sunset year-round


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Scheduled Events at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Park staff lead regularly scheduled interpretive programs that allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. Learning opportunities are available for all ages. Most events are free, though some may require pre-registration.

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