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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
P.O. Box 48
Jefferson, NC 28640
(336) 246-9653
Park Description
Mount Jefferson rises abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a landmark for area motorists. Acquaint yourself with this mighty peak by viewing it first from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rising as a long, forested prominence, its dark color is conspicuous among neighboring peaks on the Ashe plateau.

Though the mountain is magnificent from a distance, Mount Jefferson is best appreciated up close. On a clear day, you can see for miles from its peak. A great part of Ashe County spreads out below; fields, farms, forests and mountains mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. On the horizon, the Blue Ridge Mountains form a striking backdrop.

Yet what looms in the distance is no more spectacular than what is right before your eyes, for the forests of Mount Jefferson are a botanical paradise. The interesting and unusual plant life of the park rendered it worthy of designation as a national natural landmark.

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Park hours November-February, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March and October, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April, May, September, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. June-August, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Christmas Day

Park office hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays Closed state holidays

Fees: Fee structure not known
No Metro Region listed. Park Management: State

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