The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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    Mount Jefferson in the Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is a National Natural Landmark. Two short trails give hikers spectacular views of the New River and the surrounding mountains. One of theView of West Jefferson from Mount Jefferson NC more interesting features of the area is Luther’s Rock Overlook. No bicycles or camping are allowed. There are picnic areas and canoeing can be done at the nearby New River State Park. Mount Jefferson has a self-guided nature trail for hikers who wish to take their time and learn about the natural history of the area. By special request, park naturalists lead guided walks explaining the area’s natural history and legends. The Park Service also offers a program history that advertises upcoming hikes and events.

Website: Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Location: Ashe County,
Jefferson, NC
Distance: 2½ -3 hours from Asheville
Address:  State Road 1152, Jefferson NC 28640
Telephone: 336-246-9653, Park Office
Hours: November-February 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March & 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. Office hours: 8 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.
Fees: None
Allow: 3 or more hours
Of Note: Wheelchair accessible parking space, water fountain, and picnic area provided.
Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars.
Nearby: New River State Park, Ben Long Frescoes
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Hickory. Use 321 North through Blowing Rock and West Jefferson to US 221 North. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is located a half-mile south of Jefferson. From NC 163, take SR 1149 to the park entrance on SR 1152.

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