Things to Do in Ashe County | State Parks

Ashe County, NC is home to not one, but TWO North Carolina State Parks: New River State Park and Mount Jefferson State Park.

Things to Do in Ashe County | State Parks

Having state parks in the area, gives two very unique looks into life in Ashe County, NC.

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New River State Park:

  • New River State Park has two different access points – Wagner Road Access and 221 Access
  • Both access points offer camping and paddling access close to the parking areas
  • There’s also primitive camping accessed by canoes and kayaks, downstream from the park (with proper planning and a guide, of course).
  • Visits to New River State Park can be a quick run through, or a multi day, overnight camping visit
  • If you want to know more about the park, there’s also a Visitor’s Center with interpretive exhibits.

Mount Jefferson State Park:

  • To see one of the coolest views of Ashe County – head up!
  • Mount Jefferson is 1,600 feet above the rest of Ashe
  • There are five hiking trails throughout the park that offers an up close view of plants and nature of the area
  • One of the trails, is a track trail and is very kid-friendly
  • There are two, pull-up overlooks that gives you a panoramic view of Ashe County from 1,600 feet up!
  • If you want to have a more relaxed day at the park, be sure and visit the picnic shelter!

Nearby: Grayson Highland State Park

  • On the other side of the VIrginia line, a quick 45 minute drive,  from Ashe County is Grayson Highlands State Park
  • Even though it’s technically a Virginia State Park, it’s a park still visited frequently by Ashe County residents
  • The views from the peaks at the park offer 360 views from more than 5,000 feet up
  • GHSP offers a multitude of outdoor activities like camping, hiking trails (with the most gorgeous waterfalls!), horse trails and a seperate, special camping area for horses
  • There is also year round access to the Appalachian Trail and Virginia Highlands Horse Trail through Grayson Highlands

Being a rural area, there is something different around every corner. Visiting one of the state parks in the area, gives you a unique look into Ashe County Life. Whether you’re seeing it from the back of a canoe or kayak, or hiking one of the gorgeous trails in the area visiting Ashe County is always a beautiful getaway.

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Ashe County is our home and we think you’ll love it here.

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20 years ago, this dream started out as a road-side stand at this same location. A lot has changed since then.Take a look at how we’ve grown.

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