Just five miles from Independence, Elk City State Park has thick hickory and oak woodlands with rolling meadows of India grass and big bluestem. The park has more than eight hundred acres of space for various recreational pursuits such as camping, hiking, and swimming.
This quiet respite from the urban life is a family-oriented getaway, and it offers different amenities and such as boat ramps, and playgrounds. There is also a variety of landscapes such as wooded hills, limestone bluffs, and a lake area. Visitors who want respite and decide to spend a night or perhaps a few nights can camp in the Corps and Engineers Campground.
The area is famous for its trail systems which include the Eagle Rock Mountain Bike Trail, the Green Thumb Nature Trail, the Post-Oak Nature Trail, the Squaw Creek Hiking Trail, and the Table Mound Hiking Trail. Located nearby is the 15-mile Elk River Hiking Trail which runs from the west end of the dam to the US-160 Bridge.
Dogs can be on the trails, but they have to be on a leash everyone’s safety. Dog owners must bring dog scooper bags because there are none in the park. People who are into observing majestic wildlife creatures will be delighted to know that there is a variety of animals on the premises.
The most common wildlife is the large pileated woodpecker which likes to dwell among trees. However, the area is managed primarily for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and upland and small games. Hunting is not allowed in the refuge area or the Elk City State Park.
Furthermore, only archery and shotgun with pellets are available in the safety zone next to the park. Fishing enthusiasts can find the white bass, crappie, as well as blue and channel catfish in abundance at the lake. There is a youth and mentor pond open to anglers at years old and younger, as well as their mentors.