Mount Jefferson

State Natural Area - North Carolina

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is located near Jefferson, North Carolina. It includes the peak of Mount Jefferson, named for Thomas Jefferson and his father Peter, who owned land nearby and surveyed the North Carolina-Virginia border in 1749. The park has one main road that leads to the peak of Mount Jefferson. On the way up are three overlooks; the Sunset Overlook, the Sunrise Overlook, and the Jefferson Overlook, as well as five hiking trails and a picnic shelter at the top. From the picnic shelter begins the Summit Trail, a 0.3 miles (0.48 km) that leads to the 1.1 miles (1.8 km) Rhodedendron Trail loop. At the end of the loop lies a short trail to the scenic Luther Rock, as well as the entrances to the 0.75 miles (1.21 km) Lost Province Trail loop. The mountain itself rises to more than 1,600 feet (490 m) above the surrounding landscape and provides a bird's-eye view of both Jefferson and West Jefferson. The 2 miles (3.2 km), one-way Mountain Ridge Trail, which ascends to the peak of the mountain and through each overlook, may be accessed at the first park gate across from the park office during inclement weather, though caution is advised.

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Visitor Map of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area (SNA) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Mount Jefferson - Visitor Map

Visitor Map of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area (SNA) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

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Fact Sheet of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area (SNA) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Mount Jefferson - Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area (SNA) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Mount Jefferson SNA https://www.ncparks.gov/mount-jefferson-state-natural-area/home https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Jefferson_State_Natural_Area Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is located near Jefferson, North Carolina. It includes the peak of Mount Jefferson, named for Thomas Jefferson and his father Peter, who owned land nearby and surveyed the North Carolina-Virginia border in 1749. The park has one main road that leads to the peak of Mount Jefferson. On the way up are three overlooks; the Sunset Overlook, the Sunrise Overlook, and the Jefferson Overlook, as well as five hiking trails and a picnic shelter at the top. From the picnic shelter begins the Summit Trail, a 0.3 miles (0.48 km) that leads to the 1.1 miles (1.8 km) Rhodedendron Trail loop. At the end of the loop lies a short trail to the scenic Luther Rock, as well as the entrances to the 0.75 miles (1.21 km) Lost Province Trail loop. The mountain itself rises to more than 1,600 feet (490 m) above the surrounding landscape and provides a bird's-eye view of both Jefferson and West Jefferson. The 2 miles (3.2 km), one-way Mountain Ridge Trail, which ascends to the peak of the mountain and through each overlook, may be accessed at the first park gate across from the park office during inclement weather, though caution is advised.
Activities Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is nestled in the far northwestern corner of North Carolina along its border with Tennessee and Virginia. The mountain peak can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Named after Thomas Jefferson and his father Peter, who owned land in the area in the 1700s, the peak rises 4,683 feet above sea level and 1,600 feet above the town of Jefferson. Experience the Park! Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Rd. West Jefferson, NC 28694 336-246-9653 mount.jefferson@ncparks.gov GPS: 36.393564, -81.468012 Fun Facts ■■ The park was established in 1956. ■■ The mountain was named a National Natural Landmark in 1975. Mount Jefferson is home to the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. The park is home to over 750 different species of plants, including the Dutchman’s Pipevine. A 5,000-yearold Kirk Corner Notch spear point was found on the mountain. ■■ The dominant rock in Mount Jefferson is amphibolite, which has properties that make the soil less acidic. ■■ The mountain is over 300 million years old. The mountain used to be called “Panther Mountain.” ■■ The summit ridge line of the mountain create the park. ■■ Red-tailed hawk ■■ Eastern Woodchuck ■■ White-tailed deer ■■ Chipmunk ■■ Red Fox ■■ Raccoon ■■ False lily of the valley ■■ Trillium ■■ Rhododendron ■■ Mountain laurel ■■ Flame azalea ■■ Dogwood Jefferson is 56.9 cm. ■■ Land was donated by local residents to ■■ Virginia opossum ■■ Pink lady slipper ■■ Average annual snowfall on Mount is oriented in the southeast to northwest direction. ■■ Southern flying squirrel ncparks.gov MNQP
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