Blue Ridge Mountain Hiking NC - Ashe County NC
hiking, biking and rock climbing
Ashe County is home to both the New River State Park and Mount Jefferson State Park. Both parks contain excellent hiking, canoeing, fishing and mountain biking opportunities and are favorite spots among residents and visitors of Ashe and Alleghany County. The New River State Park has a handful of great hiking trails, namely the Spur Trail, Farmhouse Loop trail, Fern Nature Trail, Running Cedar Trail and the Hickory Trail. However, because the New River is the centerpiece of the park, canoeing and fishing on the river are more popular activities. Mount Jefferson has numerous hikes that showcase the mountain and surrounding scenery. The Summit Trail is a strenuous hike to the peak of Mount Jefferson at 4,665 feet. The view from the top, the highest point in Ashe County, offers breathtaking sites of Ashe County NC and the surrounding Appalachian Mountains.

The Blue Ridge Parkway run directly through Ashe County and offers numerous trails including Jumping off Rock Trail, Thompkins Knob Trail and Lump Trail. These hikes are well-marked and easy to find in the Ashe County section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Blue Ridge Mountain Hiking NC is a favorite past time with numerous NC Hiking Trails available. Lump Trail is at Milepost 264.4, Thompson Knob Trail is found at 272.5 and Jumping off Rocks Trail is located at Milepost 260.3.

Rock Climbing
Stone Mountain State Park contains some of the best rock climbing in the Southeast. Stone Mountain is actually located east of the Blue Ridge escarpment within Alleghany County and is comprised of 300 million year-old granite in a 600 foot high dome. The park’s 13,600 acres include pristine NC Fly Fishing trout streams and 16 miles of hiking trails, but the area is known for premier climbing opportunities. For guided climbing treks, contact River and Earth Adventures in Vilas NC.

Mountain Biking
Aside from the spectacular biking routes on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a premier destination for biking enthusiasts, the Railroad Grade Road is a favorite among locals and visitors to the High County. Railroad Grade Road is a two lane, paved road that runs parallel to the New River in Todd NC. Perfect for a family outing or enjoyable ride, Railroad Grade Road has few inclines or turns. In fact, it is often chosen as the starting point for bike races and mountain biking trips.

We’ve compiled some useful information for those looking to gear up and hike, bike or climb around Ashe County and West Jefferson. Come to Ashe County NC and discover the paradise that awaits you! Our knowledgeable team of Western NC Realtors at Regency Properties have extensive experience with Ashe and Alleghany County Real Estate. If you’re looking for homes or land for sale in our region, browse our Ashe County Real Estate Listings, and contact us for more information.


Biking Buddies
137 Blevins Expressway R
West Jefferson, NC 28694
Boone Bike & Touring
899 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC 28607
Riverside General Store
7181 Railroad Grade Rd.
Todd, NC 28684
River & Earth Adventures, Inc.
581 Dewitt Barnett Rd.
Villas, NC 28692
Ashe County Park
527 Ashe Park Road
Jefferson, NC
Bowie-Seagraves Park
West Main Street
West Jefferson, NC
Foster-Tyson Park
East Main Street
Jefferson, NC
Lansing Park and Walking Trail
Magic Cycles
140 S Depot St
Boone, NC 28607
Todd Island Park
Railroad Grade Road at Castle Ford
Todd, NC
Stone Mountain State Park
3042 Frank Pkwy
Roaring Gap, NC 28668
336- 957-8185
Mt Jefferson State Natural Area
1481 Mt. Jefferson State
Jefferson, NC 28640
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