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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Appalachian State University


Elk Knob State Park Asset Development

In 2015, ATP students will work with Elk Knob State Park. Broadly, the project's development goals are to create programming and other assets that honor the natural and cultural heritage of the area, bring new visitors to the park, enhance the experience for repeat visitors, and build assets that support sustainable development in Western North Carolina.

Local residents view Elk Knob State Park as an asset for attracting new residents and tourists but are worried that unplanned tourism development will threaten the unique character of the communities in the area. ATP students will coordinate with park staff to (1) establish a sustainable framework for a monthly "music jam" event to attract visitors to the park; (2) coordinate art installations for selected park trails as a means to add value to existing park assets; (3) identify and coordinate human and logistical assets for event planning related to the 2016 centennial celebrations of the North Carolina park system. These goals are consistent with local development needs and the long-term work of ASU's Center for Appalachia Studies in this community.

2015 ATP Proposal

ASU Live Presentation in Washington, D.C. 

2015 ATP Final Report        Final Report Attachments


Contact Information:

Mr. Thomas S. Hansell
Center for Appalachian Studies 
Appalachian State University 
ASU Box 32018 
Boone, NC 28608 
Telephone: (828) 262-4089 



Previous Conference Participation:  
2014   2013    2012    2011   2010   2009

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