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.

Lots of pink lady slippers!

We have done this multiple times during our visits to the High Country over the years. The kids were young when we started and did fine. Great views on the outcroppings of rocks along the way

I really enjoyed this trail. It was a well balanced trail, and enjoyable for a brief day hike. I started at the ranger station. All in all it took me about two hours and a twenty minutes from start to finish.

I did the entire trail on a Saturday morning in September. I parked at the Ranger station and walked across the road to the trail. Its an easy trail to follow till you get to the Jefferson look out. Its hard to find the rest of the trail. It took me 57 mins to get to the top parking lot and picnic area. Its an easy walk to Luther rock. Then a trip around Lost province trail. Then back down to the ranger station. Total trip took 2 hours and 20 mins. Its not as hard as it would look based on the drive to the top. There are enough switchbacks to make the climb up not to hard. I started at 8 in the morning and there was only 1 car that drove up so it was quite and there were no hikers on the trail.

Nice easy mountain top trail. Can be combined with the Lost Province Trail for a longer hike. Wonderful views from the top.

Very good trail after a hard rain. No muddy boots or paws! Only one mile, but good views at the top.

Really enjoyed this hike. A steady climb for 2 miles at most and then a nice stroll along the Rhododendron and Lost Province trails. Had a nice lunch at Luther Rock.
The only downside is constant road noise.

Awesome views! Wouldn’t bring multiple younger kids as there are a number of cliffs. (Unless there is a person for each kid and they listen well)

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great, short hike with wonderful views.

Great short hike with wonderful views.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

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

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!

Monday, November 16, 2015

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.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

This is a nice little trail for a couple or group in the area that are looking to fill some time. Me and 7 others hit up this trail this past weekend and it offers several spots with great looks. There are also several signs along the trail drawing attention to the plants and trees native to the area. I would have to say the hardest part of the trail is at the very beginning. The first 150-200 yards are a steady incline but once you reach the peak, its a smooth sail. All in all, if youve got the time, hit this trail up. You wont be dissapointed.

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