Milepost 249-263

Points of Interest

Northwest Trading Post – Located at MP 259, the Northwest Trading Post offers a large selection of handmade crafts, homemade jams and goodies, quilts and other fine wares.

Glendale Springs– After you tour the Northwest Trading Post, turn in beside it and visit the cozy mountain corner of Glendale Springs. While you’re in Glendale Springs, you might decide to stay a spell. Hospitality is their middle name and relaxation is their priority in Glendale Springs.

Zaloo’s Canoes – The best way to see Ashe County is on the New River! Canoe the New with Zaloo…only a ½ mile from MP 259 on Highway 16. (800) 535-4027 or

Mountain Music Jamboree – Milepost 261 (Glendale Springs). On Highway 16. Mountain Music Jamboree is open Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m (Friday nights starting in June). Enjoy square dancing, flat-footing and clogging. Since no alcoholic beverages are allowed on premises, this is an ideal outing for the whole family! 800-803-4079 or $

Churches of the Frescoes– From Milepost 259, turn toward Glendale Springs, pass the first stop sign, turn right and drive for ½ a block to the Holy Trinity Church. The “Last Supper” covers an entire wall of the Church. Across the street, on the grounds of the Mission House the pavilion is perfect for a picnic. (churches of the frescos are opened 24 hours a day and admission if free). As you leave the church , turn left on Glendale School Road, then at the intersection turn right on West Reno Road. Cross the low water bridge and proceed to Highway 163. Drive for about 4 miles to the intersection with 221. Go through the traffic light and take the first left to Beaver Creek School Road. In less than a mile on the right is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The 3 fresco paintings are the “Mystery of Faith”, “John, the Baptist” and “Mary, Great with Child”. Notice that the beams of the church are incorporated into the fresco. Also, notice that there is a bumble bee that is immortalized in the John the Baptist fresco because it “bugged” the artist so much while he was painting! FREE

Jumpingoff Rocks Trail – A forest path to a great view. 1.0 miles, Easy. Located at MP 260.3 FREE

Downtown West Jefferson– Great shops, boutiques, antiques and restaurants set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. Stop by the Visitor Center at the Ashe Chamber of Commerce. 336-246-9550 or

Buffalo Creek Weavers– See 19th Century Looms in operation. 6th generation Goodwin Family of Weavers. Coverlets, throws, tote bags, pillows, etc…, woven in 1700 & 1800 patterns. Official licensed producer of Mossy Oak woven products. Open for Tours. Located in Warrensville.336-384-3632

Sally Mae’s Emporium– in Downtown West Jefferson-The High Country’s newest Emporium located in beautiful Ashe County. Featuring original art and handcrafted items from local artists, unique gifts, and gourmet coffees and food. Open 7 days ! 336-246-9069

Frasers Restaurant and Catering– A full service restaurant located in the Art District of West Jefferson, NC. We offer a full range of sandwiches and salads for lunch and seafood and steaks for dinner. 336-246-5222 or

Todd General Store & Historic Todd – On Highway 194, about 20 minutes from Boone. The general store is a true mercantile of days gone by and has been in operation since 1914. Displayed throughout the store are memorabilia from the early 1900s. On Friday nights, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. locals offer “homemade jam” but you cannot eat it. It is live music played around the pot bellied stove on fiddle, dulcimer, banjo or whatever other instruments the players bring. (20 minutes). Call 336-877-1067 for more details.

Mount Jefferson State Park – the highest peak in the county. Take 221 toward West Jefferson then …turn right on Mount Jefferson State Park Road. 3 miles up the road will take you to the state park. Picnic areas, hiking trails and beautiful panoramic views of the New River. Be sure to visit it in mid to late June when the rhododendron are in bloom. Mount Jefferson State Park was once part of the Underground Railroad for Runaway Slaves. (ranger- 336-246-9653) FREE

New River State Park – Canoe more than 26 miles of the National Wild and Scenic South Fork of the New River, the second oldest river in the world. Three access points for fishing, picknicking and picturesque scenery. Primitive camping, canoe camping, picnic area and shelter, hiking, fishing, boat access and educational programs. On NC 88 and SR 1588. 336-982-2587 FREE

Shatley Springs – (5 miles north of Jefferson on Highway 16) spring “radium” water believed to possess healing power. Can be purchased or collected for free in your own container. FREE

Greenfield Restaurant – Located near Mt. Jefferson State Park on Mt. Jefferson Road. Live music is performed Friday and Saturday nights for your dancing pleasure. 336-246-2900

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