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Elk Knob State Park, Todd

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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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  • We enjoyed our hike on the Summit trail a couple years ago that we decided to come back again. The hike is moderate to strenuous, but well worth the views. The fall colors are really starting to progr...  read more »
  • He hiked the Summit Trail and had a wonderful time. The views from the top are amazing (especially the north view). The trail is very well maintained and is a smooth, but moderate 2 mile hike to the t...  read more »
  • This is a really wonderful hike - trails are well-maintained and clearly marked, and it is comfortably strenuous but not prohibitively so. The view from up top is really wonderful. 
  • 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
  • Relatively new state park in NC with well maintained trails and great views from the top of Elk Knob. The hike to the top is only 1.9 mi. from the trailhead parking lot and well worth it.
  • We hiked the trail to the top for some great scenic views. Can't wait to go back and hopefully see in the fall when the leaves are changing. This park is relatively new and created in 2007 I believe so there is much growth potential.
  • Excellent place to do some hiking, trail to summit is great.
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