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E.B. Jeffress Park


E.B. Jeffress Park is named for the man who successfully persuaded the federal government to position the Blue Ridge Parkway on its present location. The Cascades parking area, restroom and picnic area are at Milepost 271.9. The 1.2-mile Cascade Trail begins at the restroom and forms a loop that goes down to a viewing overlook above the cascades on Fall Creek. This trail runs through an oak forest along the ridge and enters into a cove hardwood forest near the creek. The 0.5-mile Tompkins Knob Trail begins at the far (south) end of the parking area and passes through mixed hardwood forest to the Tompkins Knob parking area (Milepost 272.5) and the Jesse Brown Cabin and Cool Springs Baptist Chuch. Jeffress Park offers nice opportunities to see migrating birds in spring and summer residents, including Eastern Wood-Pewee, Hooded, Canada, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green Warblers, Eastern Towhee, Wood Thrush, White-breasted Nuthatch and Dark-eyed Junco.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Wood Thrush, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Scarlet Tanager


oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, river/stream

Special Features/Concerns

Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are often closed during the winter months due to snow and ice. Other temporary closures may occur following storms as a result of hazardous road conditions. It is best to check our website to get current road conditions (http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm). The use of tapes to attract birds is prohibited. This site can be very busy on summer weekends; it's best to visit early before crowds arrive.

Access and Parking

The site is open daily, except during Parkway closures. Restrooms are available from May 1 - November 1.


From Boone, travel east on US 221 North/US 421 South about 11 miles to Deep Gap. Turn right on the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance ramp before crossing under the Parkway. At the top of the ramp turn left on the Parkway and proceed 5 miles to Milepost 272.

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