Elk Knob State Park
5564 Meat Camp Road
Todd, NC 28684
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.
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.
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.