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Mount Jefferson State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Mount Jefferson State Park
Description - The 541-acre state park is home to the Mount Jefferson Summit, towering approximately 5,000 feet. On clear days, Virginia's highest peak, Mount Rogers, 5,729 feet is visible. Views of a working community lie below. This park boosts of its diverse vegetation which is why the forest earned the designation as a National Natural Landmark.

Park Hours: November-February 9 am-5 pm; March, October 9 am -6 pm; April, May, September 9 am - 7 pm; June-August 9 am - 8 pm. Office hours: 8 am-12 pm Monday through Friday. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation - The park has nice wide roads offering two magnificent overlooks. Two short scenic trails give hikers a spectacular view of the New River and the surrounding mountain peaks. There is a picnic area near the summit parking lot providing 19 tables and 7 grills. One picnic shelter is available and reservations are optional. The shelter has 6 tables, grill and beautiful large fireplace. There are no overnight facilities or water recreation at this park.

Mount Jefferson has a self-guided nature trail for hikers to take their time learning about the natural history of the area. By special request, the park naturalists will lead a guided walk explaining the area's natural history and legends. Program history is available which advertises upcoming hikes and events. Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--Metamorphic Mountain-Grades 5, 6, and 7. Introduces students to the geology of the region, focusing on the geologic processes and rocks and minerals of Mount Jefferson. Major concepts covered include: the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, rock and mineral identification, geologic history and resource use.

A parking space, water fountain and a paved path to the picnic area are wheelchair accessible.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average below 36 degrees Fahrenheit (below 2 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average below 76 degrees Fahrenheit (below 24 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44 to 48 inches (112 to 122 centimeters).

Location - A half-mile south of Jefferson. Take SR 1149 from NC 163 to park entrance on SR 1152.


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Contact Information:
Mount Jefferson State Park, P.O. Box 48 , Jefferson, NC, 28640, Phone: 336-246-9653, Fax: 336-246-3386
, moje@skybest.com

Additional Information:
Asheville Area - Spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful rushing waters, countless museums, historical sites, state and national lands, cultural events and the famous Biltmore Estate are concentrated in this area.
Mountain Region - Experience North Carolina's Mountain Region where two of America's most visited national parks reside, where thousands of acres of national and state forestland sliced by rushing waters dominate the landscape, and where visits can relive the luxurious past of America's industrial birth.
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.

Links:
Blue Ridge Parkway - Association Website
Mount Jefferson State Park - Official agency Website

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