Social Distancing Things to Do in West Jefferson, NC

A Day of Socially Distant Fun in West Jefferson, NC

West Jefferson is a hidden gem of the High Country and is a great place to escape crowds & enjoy the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains! Check out the High Country Host's West Jefferson NC Social Distancing Things to Do, adapted for the winter season.


  • Start your day with breakfast at the Hillbilly Grill. Load up on classic country breakfast items like country ham biscuits, fried bologna and hot cakes.

  • After breakfast, head to some outdoor recreation.  Choices include:
    • Drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit Cascades Waterfall. This one mile round trip stair trail leads to a 35 foot cascade.

    • For golfers, Mountain Aire Golf Course is a public golf course in West Jefferson offering 18 holes of well-maintained fairways, complimented by the natural, rugged beauty of the Appalachians

  • Before heading back to town for lunch, visit Holy Trinity Church in Glendale Springs or St. Mary's Church in West Jefferson.  These quaint mountain churches are home to famous Ben Long Frescoes.


  • Stop by the drive thru at the legendary Smoky Mountain Barbecue for lunch. The fried chicken, country ham and (of course) bbq are the perfect picnic spread!
  • Drive a few minutes to Mount Jefferson State Natural Area for a picnic. There is a covered picnic shelter and some individual tables located near the top parking area.   
  • Next, take one of the six hiking trails near the picnic area. Ranging from 0.3 or 2 miles each, the trails all have spectacular views of Ashe County.
  • After your hike, head back to downtown West Jefferson and park near Ashe County Cheese. Stop in for a bag of fresh cheese curds and a glass bottle soda to snack on while you walk around town.

  • Enjoy a walk around downtown West Jefferson.  Stop two doors down from the cheese factory and pick up a Downtown Mural Walking Trail map from Ashe County Arts Council.

    If you start before 5, make sure to stop by:
  • For dinner and drinks, head over to Boondocks Brewing. Featuring one of North Carolinas best craft beer selections and a classic American menu, there is sure to be something for everyone! Take advantage of the extended outdoor seatings and roof-top deck as you social distance.

  • For dessert, drop by Hole Lotta Doughnuts. Warning: the doughnuts are HUGE and taste amazing. Enjoy your doughnuts at one of the picnic tables in the Backstreet Park.


  • Get competitive at a game table cabin featuring a pool table, air hockey, ping pong, and/ or foosball table.

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