Elk Knob State Park

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By helping expand Elk Knob State Park, BRC has assisted North Carolina in creating additional recreational opportunities while protecting the region’s important natural resources. 

Part of the amphibolite mountain group, an unusual mountain chain containing a calcium-rich rock rare in the Southern Blue Ridge, Elk Knob and its surrounding mountain peaks support an enormous variety of rare plant and animal life. The New River, an American Heritage River and one of the oldest rivers in the world, also originates on Elk Knob.

On the Elk Knob Summit Trail, you’ll follow one the most well-crafted hiking trails in the region to the top of Elk Knob. Spectacular Blue Ridge views will meet you on top, a perfect place to view the more than 500 acres BRC has helped add to the State Park.

For More Information: www.ncparks.gov/elk-knob-state-park

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+ Directions From Boone

Take US Hwy. 421 East for about 0.6 miles from the US Hwy. 421/221 intersection. Turn left onto NC Hwy. 194 and go 4.3 miles. Turn left onto Meat Camp Road (there is a sign for the state park here) and go 5.4 miles. The last part is steep and goes up the mountain. Turn right into the state park; it is 0.4 miles straight ahead to the trailhead parking on a gravel road.

+ Directions From West Jefferson

Head south on N Jefferson Ave toward W 2nd St for 1.6 mi; Continue onto US-221 BUS S for 0.1 mi; Turn right onto US-221 S for 3.6 mi; Turn right onto NC-194 S for 11.9 mi; Turn right onto Hopewell Church Rd for 1.6 mi; Turn right onto Meat Camp Rd; Destination will be on the right in 3.6 mi.