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Elk Knob State Park, Todd

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Elk Knob State Park is an 3680acre North Carolina state park in Watauga County, North Carolina, in the United States. Opened in 2003, it is one of North Carolina's newest state parks. Elk Knob State Park was established to preserve the natural state of Elk Knob, the second highest peak in Watauga County. The park is open for year-round recreation and is currently undergoing an expansion of facilities to provide greater recreational opportunities to visitors. Elk Knob State Park is on Meat Camp Road, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from North Carolina Highway 194, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) north of Boone, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.HistoryElk Knob State Park is named for Elk Knob, the second highest peak in Watauga County, which was under threat of being developed for summer homes during the late 1990s and early 2000s. A group of concerned citizens, led by the Nature Conservancy and land owners, teamed together to purchase Elk Knob and deed it to the State of North Carolina as a nature preserve, and later a state park. Elk Knob is an amphibolite peak and is home to the headwaters of the North Fork New River, a tributary of the New River, one of the oldest rivers in the world.
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  • This is a very steep, switchback trail, only 1.9 miles but feels longer because of the elevation gain. However, not everything on this trail is about the vista at the top. Kudos to the park staff for ...  more »
  • The summit hike is great not much to see on the way up. But the top is worth every step. 2 miles walk up. Half way is a very good clearing. It's just a taste of what you will see. Very good trail a lo...  more »
  • Visit the state park with a bunch of friends... Ample parking area with a few trail options.... We started with the 1.9 miles Summit trail... We only did it halfway and the 1 mile marker also had an a...  more »
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  • This is such a beautiful state park. The staff is wonderful. Trails are great!
  • Nice, new, cloudy day so can't comment much on views. Trails are maintained, could use quarter mile markers on Summit Trail.
  • Had a wonderful hike to the top. Rewarded with beautiful views. This Park is well maintained and clean.
  • Nice new facility. Trails are well marked and maintained.
  • Great place to hike and spend the day! It can be easily missed if you're not paying attention on meatcamp road. Went last weekend and took the back country trail. It also has a great summit trail and others where you can do some primitive camping. As far as I know, the spots are all 1st come 1st serve. Will definitely go back next time we're in Boone

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