Events at Mount Jefferson Natural Park

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Events at Mount Jefferson Natural Park

Are you ready to enjoy the great outdoors this fall season? Right in West Jefferson’s backyard a nature wonderland awaits at Mount Jefferson State Natural Park, one of Ashe County’s treasures.

Year-round a slew of events and programs offer a variety of learning opportunities for all ages and this fall is no exception. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.


Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world.


Night Hike

Are you ready for a Fall Season outdoor adventure? Meet the park ranger for a one-mile hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging. This program is designed for all ages with good basic hiking skills. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised.


When: Friday, October 26, 2018 
Time: 7:00 pm - 0:00 pm 
Where: Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area

Park Office

Fall Painting on the Mountain

The fall season offers amazing views on Mt. Jefferson. Check out the region’s legendary seasonal change.  Come up for an hour of creativity, and try your hand at painting the fall colors.  A free canvas to take home will be provided for each participant.  Tempera paints and brushes will also be provided as long as supplies last.  No experience necessary.  This program is for adults and children.

When: Saturday, 10/27/2018
Time: 2:00pm
Start Location: Picnic Area 

Fall Season Luther Rock Hike
Meet the park ranger for a one-mile fall season hike to Luther Rock's Scenic Viewing Area. Along the way uncover some of the chemical mysteries of fall color of the Appalachian Mountains. Each step on the path is filled with fascinating geological and botanical elements that make this a natural fall season paradise. Wear sturdy shoes.

When: Sunday, 10/28/2018
Time: 2:00pm
Start Location: Picnic Area

Where: Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

1481 Mt Jefferson State Park Rd/West Jefferson

For more information visit: or call 336-246-9653.

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