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Elk Knob State Park

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Elk Knob State Park is a park in Watauga County in the northwestern part of the state near the Tennessee state line, about 10 miles north of Boone.  It is one of the newest additions to North Carolina's state park system.

The land that is now Elk Knob State Park was purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 2003 and given to the state to protect the mountain from development.  Elk Knob is the second highest peak in Watauga County at 5,520 feet above sea level.  It is one of several amphibolite peaks in Watauga and Ashe Counties.  The North Fork of the New River, believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the world, has its headwaters in Elk Knob and the surrounding amphibolite peaks. 

Contact Information:
5564 Meat Camp Road
Todd, NC 28684

Phone: (828) 297-7261

Email: elk.knob@ncdenr.gov

GPS Coordinates: 36.332586, -81.69064


From US-421 near Boone, take NC-194 north for about 4 miles and turn left on Meat Camp Road.  Follow Meat Camp Road about 5.5 miles and turn right into the park.



There is currently only one trail in the park that leads from the Summit Trail parking lot up to the summit of Elk Knob.  See the Trails Section below for more information on this trail.


Summit Trail:

Length: 2 miles (one-way)
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Blaze: Blue

The Summit Trail starts at the parking lot and leads up to the summit of Elk Knob.  This trail replaces the old dirt road to the summit.  With several switchbacks leading up, the Summit Trail is less steep than the dirt road.

External Links:

NC State Parks website: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/elkn/main.php


Elk Knob State Park


Elk Knob State Park