Jumpinoff Rocks Trail

EASY 29 reviews
#31 of 48 trails in

Jumpinoff Rocks Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Jefferson, North Carolina 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
187 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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 for sitting and relaxing with a great mountain view. Park your car and head 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 for the most part it's a pleasant hike through the woods. The path 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.

1 month ago

Easy hike! Not too far! Great view!

4 months ago

East, short hike with an alright view.

9 months ago

I'd say this is more moderate than easy but still a very nice hike. The view was amazing and clear of trees. The coloration from the changing leaves was breathtaking :)
Oh... and the graffiti must have been cleaned up, I didn't see any.
If you're looking for a few small trails near this one try The Cascades around MP 272 and a very small one called The Lump, MP 264, which imo has a good picnic area on the ground up top.

10 months ago

great random stop with breath taking views, grab a bottle of water and be ready for a good little hill climb

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Really easy leg stretcher, pretty view at the end but the overlook was covered in graffiti. Still a good little walk but overall ehh.

Friday, July 07, 2017

This is a great, short hike right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The hike is well worth it because there is a beautiful view at the end of the hike. Great place to take pictures The only reason I didn't give it a five star was because my son-in-law had to carry his son on his back the whole time and it was a lot of up hill hiking.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Quick easy hike w decent views... great for the kids.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Quiet little trail near milepost 262. if you're just going for the overlook view at the end, the view from the parking area is really just as good. if you want the exercise it is a moderate hike with a couple of decent hills both directions.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Sunday, March 06, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Quick and easy up to an overlook


Sunday, June 03, 2012

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

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