Summit and Rhododendron Trails Loop

MODERATE 22 reviews

Summit and Rhododendron Trails Loop is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Jefferson, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
288 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Nice any time of the year!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Great, short hike with wonderful views.

4 months ago

Great short hike with wonderful views.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 26, 2015