Mount Jefferson Spring Hikes

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Mount Jefferson Spring Hikes

This spring take advantage of one of West Jefferson’s most treasured natural areas.

Mount Jefferson lies along the drainage divide between the north and south forks of the New River—one of the oldest rivers in North America and in the world. This drainage system had an important influence on the size and shape of the mountain.

Mount Jefferson and its nearby peaks are remnants of a once lofty, mountainous region that existed throughout much of the western part of the state. Weathering and the erosive action of streams throughout millions of years wore away the softer, less resistant rocks. More resistant rocks, including the amphibolite and metagraywacke of Mount Jefferson, were slower to erode. These and other rocks comprise the peaks standing above their surrounding plateau.

Naturalist Readings on the Trail
Hike on the mountain and be inspired. During this hike we will take time to time ponder just a few brief words from famous naturalists such as Muir, Leopold, Thoreau and others. Bring your outdoor shoes and get ready to be inspired! This is a one-mile hike to Luther Rock. 922 


When: Sat, 04/27/2019
Time: 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Painting in the Park
As spring begins come up and relax on your mountain. We will provide free canvases and tempera paints. You provide the creativity. This a free outdoor painting program for all ages. All supplies are free while they last. 922 


When: Sun, 04/28/2019
Time: 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Spring Nature Hike
Meet the ranger for a Spring hike along a short easy section of the park’s newest trail. As we hike we will watch for signs of spring and then turn-around at an amphibolite/quarts rock outcrop. This will be a 1/2 mile hike total distance. Bring a jacket and closed-toe shoes.   


When: Sat, 05/04/2019
Time: 2:00pm
Start Location:
2nd Overlook (Sunrise Overlook)

Where: 1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694
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