Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Summit Poster
One of the lesser known parks in Western North Carolina, with the most spectacular, unobstructed views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains is Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. With several miles of hiking trails, scenic overlooks, updated facilities, and plenty of space to enjoy a picnic, its a great place to spend an afternoon exploring. Rising 1,600 feet above the towns of Jefferson and West Jefferson, most visitors get their first view of this mountain from the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. The 1,154 acre park encompasses the entire area surrounding the solitary peak. It became a National Natural Landmark in 1975, further protecting the rare rock formations and plant communities found nowhere else in the Southeast. Pictured above is the heavily forested summit of Mount Jefferson at an elevation of 4,683 ft!
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