Boone Adventures: Stunning 360 Degree Vistas at Elk Knob NC State Park

Elk Knob NC State Park Panoramic Vista

 Nourish your soul and spirit:  Hike to the summit of Elk Knob NC State Park for knock-your-socks-off, breath-taking 360 degree vistas.

How?  25 minutes north of Boone, hike 1.9 miles up a gentle incline to a peak at 5,520 feet elevation offering astounding views in all directions. The hike is through a deciduous hardwood Southern Appalachian forest, replete with an continual unfolding of new wildflowers from April through October.

[See below for more fun Elk Knob NC State Park offers]. 

Directions:  from New Market Centre [in Boone, NC at the corner of Hwy 421/King St. and Hwy 194N, take Hwy 194N 4.3 miles to left on Meat Camp Road.  Travel 3.5 miles until you reach Elk Knob State Park, on your right.


 In the gallery, see more views from the top and one from about half way up, what the trail itself looks like [to gauge what your footing will be like] plus some wildflowers.

Along the Way:   What else is interesting along the way to Elk Knob NC State Park?

Driving from Boone to Elk Knob NC State Park, perhaps you'd like to stop at:

The Golden Cockerel.  Here's what the Golden Cockerel says about itself:  "The Golden Cockerel has been making authentic Russian nesting dolls since 1993."  828.297.4653 1651 NC Hwy 194N, Boone 28607

 Goober Peas [corner of Hwy 194N and Howard's Creek Road]. Goober Peas is a locally owned, rustic country store offering a variety of snacks plus locally produced goods.

https://www.facebook.com/Goober-Peas-Country-Store-142702192597688/

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 Plan B [corner of Hwy 194N and Meat Camp Road].  Plan B is a locally owned, rustic country store offering a variety of snacks plus locally produced goods.  Or, get an NC fishing license here!
https://www.facebook.com/Plan-B-Meat-Camp-Store-92396648961/

At this point, turn left onto Meat Camp Road.    Why is it named 'Meat Camp Road'?  The local oral tradition names Daniel Boone as the source.Daniel Boone didn't live in our mountains, but he did hunt here. Technically, he poached, as this was French territory beginning in 1682 when Rene-Robert de Salle claimed the Mississippi River and all the lands it drained for the French crown. The High Country thus became French because the New River and Watauga ultimately drain into the Mississippi River. Daniel farmed down the mountain near the current location of Kerr Scott Lake. He hunted in this area to raise cash to pay taxes to the British government. Local folks believe his hunting camp was along Meat Camp Creek, bringing his kills back to the camp to skin the animals and prepare the meat, hence Meat Camp  I've heard more conservative historians who are reluctant to tie Daniel's name to the camp, though acknowledging the area was used to process game kills. After the end of the French and Indian Wars in 1763, with England victorious, the Blue Ridge Mountains plus the land westward became British, and Daniel turned his attention west to Kentucky.

 After turning on Meat Camp Road, drive 1.9 miles to find quaint Winebarger Mill, on your right at the intersection with Hopewell Church Road. The original mill was built in the 1870's.Several grains were milled over the years, buckwheat from local farmers, among others. In the 1970's, the mill was active; I bought cornmeal at the mill.  The Winebarger Mill Historical Preservation Society, hopes to restore the building.

https://www.facebook.com/WinebargerMillPreservationSocietyInc/

Find more information and pictures at:

https://millpictures.com/mills.php?millid=1066

 Your Daily Bread:

If you're hungry before you leave, or after you come back, settle into sit down meals at New Market Centre:

Joy Bistro  https://www.joybistroboone.com/

China Wokhttp://www.chinawokboone.com/

Dos Amigoshttps://www.facebook.com/Dos-Amigos-Mexican-Restaurant-1451543421740593/

where you'll also find a coffee shop:

Higher Groundshttps://www.facebook.com/Higher-Grounds-Coffee-Shoppe-157354457627975/

For snacks, local products, and an eclectic assortment of other things:

Goober Peas

Plan B

Elk Knob NC State Park offers a picnic area, modern bathroom facilities, primitive campsites, additional hiking trails, ranger programs, and very interesting special events.

 See below for hours at different times of the year.

 The many other joys of Elk Knob State Park

In addition to the stunning view, the Park offers a picnic area with modern bathroom facilities, primitive campsites, additional hiking trails, ranger programs, and very interesting special events.

Location: 5564 Meat Camp Road, Todd, NC 28684
Latitude: 36.332586Longitude: -81.690640

Phone 828.297.7261

Hours:
November - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, May, September and October: 7am - 8pm
June - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office Hours:  8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays
email: 
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https://www.ncparks.gov/elk-knob-state-park  for more about the park and upcoming events

Here's what the Park says about itself:
Elk Knob State Park features one of the highest peaks in North Carolina's high country at 5,520 feet and one of the parks system's finest trails to the spectacular views from the summit. Other trails are being developed at this relatively new park. Despite its location in an area known for winter weather, the park attempts to stay open throughout the winter and is the only one in the system offering cross-country skiing (although skiers must provide their own equipment). At lower elevations, there are primitive, backcountry campsites for individuals and for groups. Elk Knob is an outstanding park for experiencing all seasons in the mountain environment.

Fact Sheet :https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/elk-knob-factsheet_0.pdf

Map:https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/elk-knob-park-map_0.pdf

Back Country Map :https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/elk-knob-backcountry-trails.pdf

Fun Facts :https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/ELKN-Fun-Facts_0.pdf

The Great American Backyard campout:

https://www.ncparks.gov/elk-knob-state-park/events-and-programs/great-american-backyard-campout-1

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