State & National Park

State & Local Park

The mountains of North Carolina are one of the most spectacular sights in our vast, diverse country. The Blue Ridge draw more and more visitors each year, and have become an annual destination for those seeking to reacquaint themselves with nature, tranquility and relaxation.


STATE & NATIONAL PARKSMount Jefferson State Natural Area

Mount Jefferson State Park

GPS coordinates: 36.397660, -81.473466

Covering 539 acres, Ashe County's Mount Jefferson State Park is relatively undeveloped, but offers many adventures for hikers who are interested in enjoying some of the High Country's most scenic trails, including Mount Jefferson's famous Rhododendron Trail. The park includes several picnic tables, each with a fantastic view of the surrounding three states (North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee), along with numerous sights of interest for naturalists, botanists and birders of all ages. Mount Jefferson State Park is managed by North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( For further information, call (336) 246-9653, or write to:
PO Box 48, Jefferson, NC 28640
Office Phone: (336) 246-9653
Web: (N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation)

New River State Park:New River State Park

Address: 358 US Hwy 221 N Access Rd, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
GPS coordinates: 36.467680, -81.340350

Located in two counties (Ashe and Watauga), this 26- mile stretch of the New River has been designated as a National Wildlife & Scenic River area. The park offers great canoeing, and numerous spots for picnicking, fishing and tubing. Two campgrounds are located inside the park, specifically designed for "canoe camping".
For further information:
Phone: (336) 982-2587

Julian Price Memorial ParkJulian Price Park

Located at milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this park is the largest of the parkway's many recreational facilities. Julian Price Park features numerous hiking trails varying in length and difficulty, a camping area, picnic grounds and canoe rentals. During the summer, interpretive programs are also often held in the Price Park Amphitheater. Reservations can be made for portions of this campground by calling 1-877-444 6777

Julian Price Memorial Park, Boone, North Carolina 28607
Call (828) 963-5911 for further information.

Moses H. Cone Memorial ParkMoses H. Cone Memorial Park

Located near Julian Price Park at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this beautiful 3,600 acre park features the splendid Cone Manor House, erected at the turn of the century. The previous home of the Cone family now houses an official Blue Ridge Parkway craft and information center. The grounds also include numerous trails for hiking and horseback riding, streams and lakes and several historic orchards which are in the process of being partially restored:

Moses H Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
Call (828) 295-7938 or visit: for further information.

Doughton Park

Over 30 miles of hiking trails criss-cross Doughton Park, ranging from modest strolls to all-day outings. Horse trails, fishing, camping, picnicking, lodging and a restaurant are also offered at Doughton Park, located at milepost 241 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (in Alleghany County,) near Laurel Springs and Ashe County. Call (336) 372-8877 for more information.

Rendezvous Mountain.

1956 Rendezvous Mtn. Rd.
Purlear, NC 28651

Located in Purlear, North Carolina, in Wilkes County, this Educational State Forest offers trails, a picnic area and shelter, exhibits and a fire tower. The surrounding forest showcases many of the magnificent hardwoods found in the region, and the Talking Tree Trail features "talking trees", each with a recorded message about the site and the history of the forest. A natural amphitheater is available for special sessions or groups. For further information:
Phone: (336) 667-5072
e-mail: rendezvousmountainESF.DFR@ncdenr

Stone Mountain State ParkStone Mountain State Park

3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, NC 28668-9532

Located in Wilkes County approximately seven miles southwest of Roaring Gap, this 600-foot granite dome has become one of the area's most popular climbing destinations. In addition to camping and picnicking, the 13,000-acre park also accommodates over 17 miles of trout streams and eight miles of trails perfect for hiking and horseback riding. Four beautiful waterfalls are easily accessed on the park's well-maintained trails. For further information:
Phone:(336) 957-8185

Roan Mountain State ParkRoan Mountain State Park

1015 Hwy 143
Roan Mountain , TN 37687

Located just across the North Carolina border in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, this beautiful park sits just beneath the 6,285-foot peak of its namesake. The park features cabins, camping, a seasonal restaurant, picnicking, grills, four pavilions for large groups, seven hiking trails, a swimming pool, and a variety of seasonal activities, including horseshoes, volleyball, badminton and much more.
Phone: 423-772-0190
Toll Free: 1-800-250-8620

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