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Monday, July 27, 2009

NC Mountains Weekend Get Away Places Great Hiking and Nature Walks, Elk's Knob Park

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Dana Mathews

The pictures seen here are of the beautiful Elk Knob State Park, near Boone North Carolina.
Elk Knob State Park is a 1800 acre (7.28 km²) 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.

Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest state parks in North Carolina. Recreational opportunities are limited since the facilities at the park have not yet been fully built, and will remain somewhat limited since one of the goals of the park is to maintain it as a natural area.[6] An old road that leads to the summit of Elk Knob is steep, rocky, and has a high rate of difficulty for hiking. A less steep and easier to ascend hiking trail is under construction with the help of volunteers.[7] Upon reaching the summit hikers are can view Mount Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, and various peaks in Tennessee and Virginia.[7]

Camping is not permitted at Elk Knob State Park. A small picnic area is under construction.

  1. ^ a b "Elk Knob State Natural Area". North Carolina Office of Environmental Education. Retrieved on 2007-11-28.
  2. ^ a b c Jane Nicholson. "Elk Knob project combines community and heritage preservation". ASU News. Retrieved on 2007-11-28.
  3. ^ a b Scott Nicholson. "Trail Work Continues At Elk Knob". The Mountain Times. Retrieved on 2007-11-28.
  4. ^ a b "Elk Knob State Park: Activities". North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Retrieved on 2007-11-28.

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