Elk Knob State Park, Todd

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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  • Elk Knob State Park is one of the newer parks in the NC system and one of relatively few areas of public lands in the northwestern corner of the state. My first visit, several years ago, there was jus...  more »
  • My wife and I - in our mid-50s - hiked Elk Knob for the 2nd time. We are in decent shape and made it to the top without too much trouble. We took our time and stopped a couple times along the way. The...  more »
  • It was an excellent hike with beautiful views. The path is well maintained and has benches along the way and at the top and mid-way point. The hike up is moderately challenging and the hike down is mu...  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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