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Elk Knob State Park

5564 Meat Camp RoadElk Knob State Park
Todd, NC 28684
(828) 297-7261

  • Picnicking: A small picnic area is available.  There are 11 picnic sites with grills and tables.

Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina State Parks System.  Currently, it is in an interim development stage with a park office/contact station, a maintenance facility, picnic area, parking areas, a trail to the summit of Elk Knob, and backcountry camping areas.  At this time, visitors can hike to the summit by following a newly constructed trail 1.9 miles to the summit.

History

Located in Watauga County, Elk Knob was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 2003 and soon afterwards was deeded to the State of North Carolina under the management of the Division of Parks and Recreation.  One of a dozen amphibolite peaks in Watauga and Ashe counties, Elk Knob has been set aside to help protect from development one of the beautiful mountains of the area as well as to protect the headwaters of the North Fork of the New River, one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Elk Knob, the second tallest peak in Watauga County, reaches an elevation of 5,520 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Standing on the summit of Elk Knob, hikers can look at the panoramic views and imagine a time many years ago when elk grazed the valleys below in abundant herds. These animals no longer roam these mountains as they were eliminated from this mountainous region by over-hunting and loss of habitat. The last native elk in North Carolina were believed to have been killed in the late 1700's.

Directions

Elk Knob State Park is located in Watauga County approximately 9.5 miles north of Boone.

  • Traveling north to Boone on US Highway 421, take NC 194 North approximately 4 miles and turn left onto Meat Camp Road. Follow Meat Camp Road 5.5 miles to the Elk Knob-Snake Mountain Gap and turn right into the Park.

  • From Eastern and Piedmont North Carolina, follow I-40 West to US 421 North to Boone.

  • Traveling East on I -40 from Asheville, take US 221 North to US 421 South in Boone then to Hwy 194 North.

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