10 Things to Do in Jefferson That You Shouldn't Miss

December 30, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Jefferson in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Mountains. Discover best things to do in Jefferson with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Jefferson

1. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Rd, Jefferson, NC 28694-8448 +1 336-982-2587
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

North Carolina scenic state park offering hiking, birdwatching, wildlife, a wide variety of trees and rare plant life.

Reviewed By Rick B - Clayton, North Carolina

What outstanding and picturesque views from this one!. Mt Jefferson towers over the towns of West Jefferson and Jefferson in NC. Very neat views. Three overlooks along the road although I didn't stop to look because I was hiking down the Mountain then back up. What you say? Why would one do that. Well at the bottom is the "office" with a small lot. and restroom. Since this is a natural area and not a full blown State Park it doesn't have a visitor center other then this and with my propensity to arrive before the rangers or anyone of authority I didn't know if I could leave the truck there all morning or if it was just for business. I am guessing the later because although the trail starts/ ends here everyone encountered was going down then back up. Anyway you can just drive up if that's what you are into and stop at the overlooks then. These are some of the better over looks I have been to. The Blue Ridge Parkway has nothing on these overlooks. All are beautiful and have ample parking off the road. Named the sunrise Overlook towards the east and sunset Overlook looks west. The other is just the Jefferson Overlook but has the broadest view.Then you get to the top. Now here ya gotta walk a bit to get to the summit at 4600+ feet. Ignore the cell tower and weather station behind you just take in the view. By the way the tower was very handy. I had service all day and my battery didn't run down like it normally does. a short walk out the Rhododendron Trail brings you to another cliff and view at Luther Rock a secondary but lower peak of the mountain. There is a fairly large and nice picnic area here near the top The shelter is accessible and there was one table on a deck right off the paved trail that was accessible. But here's the catch the restrooms may not be accessible. The way I entered was down steps. The ladies room was down steps unless there is another back way to these facilities they are not accessible but the one 2 miles down the mountain at the park office is. All in all a very enjoyable park

2. Ashe County Cheese Factory and Store

106 E Main Street, West Jefferson, NC 28694
Excellent
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4.5 based on 314 reviews

Ashe County Cheese Factory and Store

North Carolina's oldest and largest cheese manufacturer. Watch cheese being made in our factory viewing room. Our retail store has all our cheeses available plus our fresh country butter, fresh fudge and hand-dipped ice cream. Something new for the kids (and kids at heart) is our Kandy Korner with over 150 varieties of new and traditional candies. We also have a great selection of NC Wines, and imported cheeses as well as Amish Foods.

Reviewed By Keith H - Belmont, North Carolina

Ashe County Cheese Factory has grown into a local destination point. They have expanded the gift shop to house wines, cured meats, jelly and jam, and other home style goodies. You will find hard to get items here, and the factory cheese is second to none.

3. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

120 Glendale School Rd, Glendale Springs, NC 28694-7231 +1 336-982-3076
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5 based on 28 reviews

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Reviewed By John W - Raleigh, North Carolina

That artists will devote their time to portray elements of their faith is likely inspirational to the faithful. Anyone to whom the Lord's Supper is significant may appreciate stopping by this quaint little church to hear a short presentation while viewing the frescos and other church artifacts. The building is old and may present issues for visitors with respiratory ailments, but the longtime devotion to the church is apparent. While in the area, visit Greenhouse Crafts across the street and another fresco church nearby.

4. Phipps Farm and Country Store Jam

2425 Silas Creek Rd, Lansing, NC 28643-9005 +1 904-465-4355
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5 based on 12 reviews

Phipps Farm and Country Store Jam

Reviewed By 73journey - Niantic, Connecticut

I recently spent a week in the North Carolina mountains, hiking, fishing and kayaking with my oldest daughter. On Friday night we wound our way from West Jefferson, NC along the windy, foggy road to Phipps General Store in Lansing. As we rounded the last dark curve to the center of town, we were struck by the number of cars parked along he road and on the lawn of Phipps and the neighboring property. The light bulbs strung across the porch of the old general store illuminated the several musicians jamming on the front lawn. Inside another dozen local pickers and string musicians sat in a circle, playing some of the best quality blue grass I'd ever heard. As one song ended, another musician wold start a new tune, and the others observed and joined in to play. Several generations of talented local musicians wandered into the store to join in during the four hour jam session, while thirty appreciative locals and visitors enjoyed the music, the coffee, the ice cream, and the simple joy of this weekly tradition. Everyone there was friendly, welcoming, and eager to share their stories about the Phipps. I won't ruin each traveler's sense of discovery by revealing them here. Be sure to stop at this mountain treasure if you are near Boone, NC. Better yet, make a special trip there, and leave a big contribution to keep this tradition alive.

5. Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

400 Beaver Creek School Rd, West Jefferson, NC 28694-7115 +1 336-246-3552
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5 based on 88 reviews

Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

Reviewed By Rick B - Clayton, North Carolina

By the time we got here on Monday evening during our trip it was well after dark. It amazes me that these frescoes can be viewed 24 hours a day. They are amazing works of art. The narrative although way to religious for me are informative and helpful about how these frescoes were ever put here and why the subject matter was chosen. If in Ashe County be sure not to miss these. You can go anytime so put it on the back of your schedule. The later you go the less people you will have to fight to get a good view. Absolutely phenomenal

6. Zaloo's Canoes Kayaks and Tubes

3874 NC Hwy 16 South, Jefferson, NC 28640
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Zaloo's Canoes Kayaks and Tubes

Reviewed By Chip L - Raleigh, North Carolina

My wife and I along with a group of friends got together for a mountain weekend so we could beat the 100 degree temps in Raleigh, NC. The staff was friendly and professional although the wait was a bit long - perhaps 20 minutes. Normally that would not be bad but on a hot Summer day, you will be searching for some shade. The rafting itself was wonderful!. Bring a cooler with snacks and drinks and you will have a terrific time. This was certainly the highlight of our trip.
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I suggest you bring a few lengths of rope so you can tie the rafts together. We opted to put the cooler in the middle and lash all of the rafts in a circle around the cooler. This kept anyone from drifting away and made the conversation easier. Don't worry about buying water shoes. They sell them for $12 at Zaloo's and I think we paid $20 for them in town. You definitely want water shoes. The rocks are pretty sharp in places.

7. Museum of Ashe County History

301 E Main St, Jefferson, NC 28640-8978 +1 336-846-1904
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5 based on 21 reviews

Museum of Ashe County History

Reviewed By wildcatsu - Charlotte, North Carolina

I love history so I thoroughly enjoyed stumbling upon this little museum while attending a local festival. Admittance was free and the employee/volunteer working the door was very informative and helpful. The exhibits were exciting enough to keep my four and six year old children’s attention. (Buttons to press, bells to ring etc.) Exhibits included themes of medicine, mining in the area, the miniature train display of the town and war memorabilia. Many of the items have to be worth some money. Such cool stuff! The bathrooms were clean and there’s lots of free parking. A gem of a spot to stop and visit, would be great on a rainy day in the mountains.

8. Honey Hole

6 N 3rd Ave, West Jefferson, NC 28694-9826 +1 336-846-2337
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Honey Hole

Reviewed By KathyChristmasTree

What a treasure is to be found in West Jefferson at the Honey Hole - an extraordinary gift shop and bee keeping supply store. You can buy local honey, local eggs and all sorts of bee themed gifts. Next door is Chuck's Chicken Coops - a place to buy creative coops and other supplies for the chicken lovers and owners out there. The Felders have brought creative and innovative shopping to West Jefferson and we're glad they have. And don't forget to observe the beehive encased in plexiglass located just inside the front door of the Honey Hole - fascinating!!

9. Molley Chomper LLC

165 Piney Creek Rd, Lansing, NC 28643-9376 +1 404-769-1439
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5 based on 3 reviews

Molley Chomper LLC

Molley Chomper produces hard cider from local Appalachian heirloom apples.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

As a local to the area, it was a great day to take part of our family reunion crowd for a trip to Molley Chomper to try the ciders and spend time with one another. The ciders are ABSOLUTELY delish and my personal favorite was Mountain Maelstrom, we even bought two big bottles to take home :)

10. New River

Jefferson, NC
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

New River

Reviewed By Cynoman - Austin, Texas

We just visited the park area itself while on a drive from Jefferson NC to Independence VA. The park & campgrounds were very nice and after viewing the waterway maps and timetables, we have added camping & canoeing here to our list of must-do things when we return in warmer weather. Beautiful place!

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