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.

8 days ago

Nice any time of the year!

The short summit trails create a nice loop that is great for families. There are several informative interpretive signs along the Rhododendron Trail on the way out to Luther Rock. Be sure to explore here for the wonderful views looking back along the ridge, the surrounding mountains and the city of Jefferson below.

Great, short hike with wonderful views.

Great short hike with wonderful views.

Nice moderate hike to the top of Mt. Jefferson and along a high ridge. This natural area is well maintained, trail has some great interpretive signs, and there is a nice weather station at the top and you can download the current weather data to your phone using the QR code on the sign. The cell phone tower is not as obtrusive as on top of Mt. Pisgah and the cell reception is great. The views are best at Luther Rock at the end of the ridge. Also don't miss the stops going down or coming up the mountain, especially Sunset Overlook with the massive rock outcropping. Worth a stop and lots of picnic tables and a water fountain and restrooms too.

Short hike good views not hard even for slightly fit People worth a visit for sure

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Nice views at Luther Rock. The summit was a weather and cell tower. Not much to see there. It's a nice paved road almost to the top. A nice short hike for families with smaller kids.

It was a nice little trail that offered beautiful views and well developed trails. A short trip but time well spent!

The trails feel to connected to civilization. If you are looking for peace and solitude this is not it. The giant cell phone tower at the summit is an eyesore.

Shortest route to summit of all time. 0.3 mi. Not much there in addition to cell phone tower. Nice view of town. The loop is an easy walk along the ridge, fairly close to the treeline on the way out so you can see the nearby hills. The spur to the Luther Rock is worth the few extra minutes. Several nice views from there. The second loop along Lost Province trail begins as a path through the woods along another ridge. At times you do com precariously close to cliff sides on the other side of the underbrush. Stay on the trail. Both loops return on the inside, lower part of the ridge. Nice walk through Oak tree forest. I am sure the Rhododendrons are beautiful in the spring. I am here in September. Nice walk.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Saturday, August 24, 2013