Mount Jefferson, Rhododendron and Lost Providence Trail

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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Mount Jefferson, Rhododendron and Lost Providence Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jefferson, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.8 miElevation gain311 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsForestViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Joel Schlaudt
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snow everywhere, only a little ice. amazing views!

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Laura Watson
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Trail was covered in snow but had been hacked before just follow the path of the other hikers. Great trail nobody else here.

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David Justice
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Logan Erin Khid
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Beautiful trail, incredible views. Almost no people. We added the lost providence trail loop too, and were not disappointed. Highly recommend.

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Carrie Strom
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very well marked. lovely hike.

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Chris Manley
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Beautiful views the whole time and fun rocks for the kids to play on. Definitely good family hike if you’re around West Jefferson.

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David Morris
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Trail path well defined, with some elevation change along the way. Beautiful overlook views of surrounding mountains.

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Buck Canterbury
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Nana Canterbury
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Scott Densmore
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Nice easy loop combining the three short trails at the summit. It includes a couple wonderful views of the surrounding area. I enjoyed climbing over the outcropping at Luther Rock.

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Brandi Rahmanian
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Easy trail. Good for kids or those who don’t enjoy long hikes. We wanted to get out of town, but nothing too crazy so we ended up here. Too busy for my liking. Some pretty views.

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s smith
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Darryl Barron
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Virginia Burns
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Bruce Walker
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Great hike from Sunrise Overlook. Brought the dog and didn’t see many folks until we reached the top. Great views and interesting trails. About three hours and four miles for us at a leisurely pace. Enjoyed it greatly.

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Dana Hicks
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Peter Gravely
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This is a nice hike, a few good views, interesting forest. Trails are well maintained and clearly marked. Several benches are available along the trail. Overall this is a good trail.

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Brittany Laychak
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Nice trail but would consider it easy rather than moderate. Still is beautiful and peaceful!

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john popik
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Jim Tedder
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Beautiful trail and beautiful views. The easy rating is definitely accurate. Not much of a hike, per se, but more of a stroll through the woods. Not a bad thing, just what it is. Nature is nature regardless of its level of difficulty, right? It will appeal to many, many travelers into nature. Enjoy!!!!

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Samuel Burnes
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Trail was easy and fun!

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Zienna Adelin
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beautiful easy hike. 3rd and last hike of the day . beautiful and easy short hike. some steep area but not hard to do. great views when u get to the top. its incredible how we could still hear cars motorcycles and sirens from the top of the mountain ..we thought we are high up and can be more peaceful but you can hear all the noises as if you were on street level. this wasnt a bother to us but we were amazed at how clear everything sounded from above .

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Anna Mac
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I look the trail to the summit. Was very wet and lots of sliding and slipping on mud and rocks. The portion to the overlook was particularly covered in leaves but higher up not as much. Lots of rocks, easy to follow.

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Zack Olsen
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Great kid friendly easy hike. Beautiful views and plant life. Highly recommended!

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Lance Brown
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Very nice November hike, long range views, good signage. Took my dog and I about 1hr 15min. Highly recommend for a fun hike with a lunch.

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Drake Morgan
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Rebecca Lem
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Zack Luszcz
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Jennifer Johnson
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Chris Morris
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