Jumpinoff Rocks Trail

EASY 9 reviews
#30 of 51 trails in

Jumpinoff Rocks Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Jefferson, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.0 miles 193 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Jumpinoff Rocks Overlook is located on the right side of the Blue Ridge parkway while driving North at milepost 260.3. This is a great 1.0 mile hike to park in the overlook and stretch your legs after a long drive. There are beautiful scenic views from the parking lot and the overlook that is .5 miles at the end of the trail. There is also a picnic table fr sitting and relaxing with a great mountain view. First park your car and head right up the steps up a gradual hill climb. This trail is also part of the Mountain Sea Trail which is marked with the hiking man and a white dot. The trail continues with some flat parts and gradual inclines, but most part its a pleasant hike through the woods. The pat comes to a fork where if you turn right you continue on the Mountain Sea Trail, but you want to turn left to the overlook. from the fork the overlook is about fifty feet where you can step out into a clearing and see a 180 degree view of the mountains. Great spot for pictures and video, i will be returning again when its green and in the fall. The trail is then another .5 miles back to the car.

10 days ago

Decent short trail to a pretty stone overlook. The view on a gorgeous fall day made it worthwhile for me.

1 month ago

2 months ago

decent little jaunt through the woods with a cool view at the end, but parking lot offers same view. Filler hike...

3 months ago

3 months ago

If you call this an easy trail I really would hate to see a hard trail. but beyond that fact it was a gorgeous hike in beautiful mountains in Ashe County, North Carolina.

3 months ago

Short easy hike! Great for a family with young children.

7 months ago

Meh. We got to the end, a left turn a half mile out to a stone landing with a view. Our first comment was, "Where is the rock?" There was a rock under the stone landing but you have to peer over the wall to see it. The view is much like you see just driving along the BRP, nothing more special. We even ventured another quarter mile down the MST to see if we missed the Jumpinoff Rock. We didn't. Make sure you take a left at the double white blaze to the end of the trail. There are better hikes in the area, e.g. the Cascades.

11 months ago

Quick and easy up to an overlook


4 years ago

Nice trail to a beautiful overlook. Trail is marked well. Up hill but worth the hike.