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.

Length1.0 miElevation gain187 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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.

Great hike to stretch your legs after driving Perfect hiking trail for kids and very safe Bring a bottle of water and hiking shoes You could wear sneakers on this hike and be fine as well

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Chuck Simpson
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Whitney Wallace
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HikingGreat!

Really enjoyed this hike despite the clouds and drizzle. The view from Jumpingoff Rocks cleared at my 2nd view on the way back to the car just long enough for some beautiful views. I love the signage and enjoyed exploring the cemetery off the MST past the Jumpingoff Rocks overlook. There was some obvious blowdown from recent ice and wind but nothing blocking the trail.

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Mills Family
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Joe Brake
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Last day of the year! 2020 was not good to a lot of people, but it was one of the best years of my life! Here is to more trail!

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Rob Yoder
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The trailhead is to the right, as you stand in the parking lot looking out over the valley. It’s a mostly uphill trail with a moderate plateau about halfway to the overlook. As you get close to the overlook, the trail will fork. To the right is the Mountain to Seas trail that goes all the way to Clingman’s Dome. You probably don’t want that. Veer left and the Overlook is another 200m ahead.

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Joe Brake
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HikingGreat!

We hike this with kids every time we are in the area. Our favorite is an early morning hike in the dark with headlamps and wait for the Sunrise Service at the top. We have hiked it all times of the year and it’s fun to see the sun position change.

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Chockalingam Senthilnathan
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Very easy and short trail, starts out with a slight incline but it’s definitely easy and a very pet friendly trail. Ends with a decent overlook. A lot of noise from traffic though. A loud engine revving in fact scared us as we thought it was an animal growling.

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Fernando Marin
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Kevin DeShields
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Short and easy walk (I wouldn’t call it a “hike”) with a nice view at the end. Very few people around but you can hear the traffic from the Parkway. Picnic areas with trash bins is a bonus at the starting point.

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Dom H.
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lot of road noise, light traffic but overall okay trail

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Liene K
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Hiked out with the last bit of daylight to see the full moon rise. Easy trail, enjoyable view.

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Mills Family
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J C
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Megan Peak
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Jason Reiling
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Ok trail. Lots of road noise

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Amanda Mills
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Terry Andrew
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Quick trail to an overlook.

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Andy Brannigan
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Easy fun trail with a few stops to rest if needed. There is a cemetery in the woods just off the main trail that is labeled and worth checking out. Great hike overall!

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Sheri Tomkiewicz
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Easy and short trail with a beautiful view!

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Tony Goebel
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Pretty easy walk. Slight elevation. I saw someone post about roots.... really not that big a deal. Lightly trafficked. Good views.

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Paige Sturgill
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Great trail! A little washed out from the storm we had over the weekend though. Kid friendly too!

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Jena Mack
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Great trail. Uphill at first but levels out and is really nice. Beautiful views and not too heavily trafficked.

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Glenn Collins
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A lot of roots for an easy trail. We’re new to hiking and this is a little more than easy for us. Good 1 hour walk out and back with some hills.

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Billy Nale
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Great trail to hike if you’re ready to take a break from riding. Nice scenery in the woods. 2 miles round trip.

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Derek Reeves
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My little girl amazed us on this trail! She walked the entire trail and she is 17 months! Great for children and adults alike! Beautiful views!

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Junior Miller
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nice short hike to a good view. this would be a good hike to take children on.

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Wes Walter
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This was a nice early morning hike. I'm local to the area and go to BRPW overlook to take sunrise pictures often. I've never been to the rock, so today was that day. Nice short hike. It's grown in some but not bad. Not well blazed but just follow the path. No one has been down the trail in a while but it's ok now.... I got all the spider webs down .... LOL The view is awesome!! Our never ending rain has washed the trail, but nothing major. If your traveling in the area, it's worth 30 min.

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Faith McDermitt
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This is a nice trail for kids. It’s easy with some uphill sections. It has a nice view at the end. It’s at mile marker 260.

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Stephen Miller
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nice short hike with good view at end

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Michael Raynes
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Nice short 0.5 mile hike to a nice overlook with a view of the mountains. Very kid and dog friendly trail.

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