MATHESON IS NEW SUPER AT RENDEZVOUS MOUNTAIN

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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