Elk Knob State Park
Elk Knob State Park is one of the state's newest state parks. It is located in Todd, North Carolina just a short drive away from Jefferson Landing Golf Course West Jefferson Jefferson NC. Elk Knob is the highest peak in neighboring Watauga County rising to a peak of 5,520 feet. Located on Meat Camp Road, visitors the park can hike a fun, strenuous hike up to the summit of the peak. You can see other major peaks such as Mt Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, and various mountains in Tennessee and Virginia from atop Elk Knob State Park.
Elk Knob is the home to the headwaters of the North Fork New River, a major tributary of the New River, which is widely considered by most to be one of the oldest rivers in the world. Formed from a dark metamorphic rock called Amphibolite, Elk Knob can support a rich, plant biodiversity and often one can see wildflowers here such as Gray's lily, Rattlesnake root, Flame azalea, Purple fringed orchid, and Trailing wolfsbane. The forests atop Elk Knob State Park contain sugar maple, American beech, yellow buckeye, and Yellow birch trees, all known Northern hardwoods. At high elevations, one can see the stunted growth of the trees in the forests due to the high winds, however these trees are tremendously hardy. The ones that survive are small, but may well be over 100 years old.
The nature habitats atop Elk Knob provide a space for a number of species including ravens, American black bear, bobcats, white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. In addition to Elk Knob State Park, Mt Jefferson State Natural Area, Grandfather Mountain, and Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park are all excellent spots to explore when in Ashe County North Carolina and the NC Mountains. Jefferson Landing is not just a Golf Course in Jefferson NC. We are also a fantastic, Vacation Rental Western NC Realty company offering NC Mountain Vacation Rentals in our Luxury Resorts in NC and we are a master planned Golf Course Communities Western NC.
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