Carolina Picnic Getaways
Ridge Parkway National Park
World Famous Frescoes by noted
artist, Ben Long at Glendale Springs, NC Episcopal churches. Also
Northwest Trading Post locally made gift and food store on Parkway.
State Natural Area
PO Box 48, Jefferson, NC 28640
Phone: (336) 246-9653
Mount Jefferson rises abruptly to
more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a
landmark for area motorists. Acquaint yourself with this mighty peak
by viewing it first from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue
Ridge Parkway. Rising as a long, forested prominence, its dark color
is conspicuous among neighboring peaks on the Ashe plateau.
Though the mountain is magnificent
from a distance, Mount Jefferson is best appreciated up close. On a
clear day, you can see for miles from its peak. A great part of Ashe
County spreads out below; fields, farms, forests and mountains
mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. On the horizon, the Blue Ridge
Mountains form a striking backdrop.
Yet, what looms in the distance is
no more spectacular than what is right before your eyes, for the
forests of Mount Jefferson are a botanical paradise. The interesting
and unusual plant life of the park rendered it worthy of designation
as a national natural landmark.
Enjoy Hiking, Picnicking, and
Milepost 272 E.B. Jeffress Park.
Picnic area, comfort station and
trail to Cascades.