Elk Knob State Park's TRACK Trail adventures begin on the Beech Tree Trail. This 1 mile loop trail meanders through a forested canopy and is marked with yellow diamonds. On this easy walk, hikers can enjoy wildflowers, salamanders, butterflies and many other signs of wildlife. Keep your eyes open and have fun!
Elk Knob, one of the tallest mountains in Watauga County at 5520 feet, offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Here, the four seasons can be enjoyed at a calm and gentle pace with beautiful wildflowers in the spring, summer, and fall as well as breathtaking fall colors. The winter winds bring snow covered grounds and bright blue skies.
Adventures for Elk Knob State Park
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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.
The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
Elk Knob State Park's TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed between the Kids in Parks program and North Carolina State Parks.