Day Trips

West Jefferson is the ultimate, central, home base for your Blue Ridge Mountains adventures! Nestled amidst the rolling hills and lush forests, this charming town offers the perfect launching pad for day trips!

First up, head to Grandfather Mountain, boasting the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge and stunning hiking trails. Don't miss the chance to spot black bears and bald eagles in their natural habitat!

Next, venture to Linville Falls, where cascading waterfalls and breathtaking vistas await. Take a leisurely stroll along the trails or pack a picnic and soak in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Pet friendly! There are so many Things To Do Near West Jefferson!

For a taste of local culture, explore the quaint town of Blowing Rock, known for its boutique shops, cozy cafes, and the mysterious Blowing Rock itself—an ancient cliffside with winds that defy gravity!

In West Jefferson, you're not just visiting a destination; you're immersing yourself in a world of natural wonders and Appalachian charm. So pack your bags, hit the road, and let the adventure begin!

Mount Jefferson

State Park rising to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, Mount Jefferson is a national natural landmark with a rich history. Five hiking trails, including a child-friendly TRACK trail and a strenuous scramble along the mountain’s ridgeline, allow exploration of rare geology and plant communities.  

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Lansing Creeper Trail

The town of Lansing is in the process of expanding their park from 10 to 65 acres. The expanded park will provide a variety of outdoor experiences from walking trails to camping spots to an adventure playground. It will also feature the work of local craftsman and a venue for dances and live music. Check it out!

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Zaloos Canoes

In business for over 40 years, Zaloos is the region’s oldest canoeing, kayaking and tubing outfitter. Located on a beautiful stretch of the New River, just upstream of the New River State Park, Zaloos will accommodate your quest for adventure. Canoe and kayak camping trips also available. Call in advance for reservations.

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New River State Park

Our beloved New River winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery. New River State Park is base camp for exploration of this river at two principal spots—Wagoner Road Access and US 221 Access. River excursions can be arranged with private outfitters.

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Grandfather Mountain

Don’t miss one of the Blue Ridge’s most fascinating and well-known mountains, known for its unique shape, resembling an old bearded man’s face (lying down, facing the sky). Plan to spend a day here, with hiking, the mile high swinging bridge, the nature museum, Mildred's Grill & more.

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Wahoo Adventures

Wahoo Adventures in Todd is one option for renting canoes, kayaks and inner tubes. oldest rafting, caving and hiking outfitter, twice voted “Outfitter of the Year" by the PPA.  If you’re a thrill-seeker, try Wahoo’s “X-Stream” adventures. Several locations in Watauga County, too.

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Tweetsie Railroad

Take a trip through the Old West when cowboys and Indians roamed. Tweetsie Railroad is an amazing experience for families, complete with carnival rides, a petting zoo, dinners and live entertainment, and the notorious train ride through the trees and into the past. A perfect component of your Blowing Rock day trip.

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Mystery Hill

Prepare to be amazed as your family experiences the only natural gravitational anomaly in North Carolina! There’s also Mystery Hall with all sorts of surprises. You can also explore early area history, Native American artifacts, or the Appalachian fossil museum. A must-see for the family during your Blowing Rock day trip.

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Paragliding at the Sky Retreat

At the Sky Retreat in Purlear (between West Jefferson and Wilkesboro) you can learn to fly! A certified USHPA tandem paragliding pilot will help you soar above the Blue Ridge, seeing these amazing mountains from a whole new perspective. No experience necessary. 

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Applachian Ski Mountain

If you’re looking for the perfect winter experience, we suggest a trip to Appalachian Ski Mountain where you and your loved ones can take advantage of the snow and ice in the mountains. Skiing or snowboarding on slopes designed for all ages. Equipment rentals provided. You can try ice skating, too!

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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

Family owned and operated since 2007, the Doc’s Rock staff’s mission is to teach basic geology to the general public while supporting the Board of Education in all aspects of the field. Geology is fun and exciting at this family attraction near Blowing Rock, where you can mine your own gems and then turn them into stunning jewelry.

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RiverGirl Fishing & Outfiters

Located in Todd, Kelly McCoy's dedication is to adventure with RiverGirl. Rent gear for kayaking, canoeing, tubing & fishing the South Fork of the New River. Rent bicycles for a ridge along the river. Take lessons, buy a fishing license - they'll outfit you with what you need.

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Moses Cone Park on the Parkway at MP 294

Visit the historic estate, hike the 25 miles of curated arriage trails, browse the Southern Highlands Craft Guild shop. This place is worth the trip!

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Grayson Highlands State Park

History, hiking, vistas, wild ponies and amazing scenery! This remarkable park, just over the line into Virginia, is only 40 minutes drive from West Jefferson.

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Virginia Creeper Bike Trail

More than 30 miles of trails, from Whitetop, VA (just over the county line) to Abingdon, Virginia. Bring your bike or rent one in Damascus. It's an hour's drive, but worth it! 

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