Jeff Matheson is the new park superintendent at Rendezvous Mountain in Wilkes County.

The lands were previously managed by the N.C. Forest Service as a state educational forest, but legislation returned the property to the state park system in 2021. Since then, the lands have been managed as a satellite of Stone Mountain State Park.

Matheson began his career as a seasonal law enforcement ranger, interpreter and fire technician with the National Park Service and joined the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation in 2000, and has since worked as a park ranger at New River State Park and Mount Jefferson State Natural Area.

Matheson has experience as an acting park superintendent at multiple state parks. He has a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation and a minor in criminal justice from Appalachian State University.

Rendezvous Mountain was established as North Carolina’s third state park in 1926, before becoming a state forest in 1956.

Rendezvous Mountain is thought to be a rallying point for several companies of men from Wilkes County who were organized for the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.

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