Carter Falls-4-miles-up-elkin-creek-dam 1910

Carter Falls on Big Elkin Creek, about four miles northwest of Elkin, was a popular site for picnics and other outings in the early 1900s. This photo was made in 1910. The Town of Elkin started using the waterfall to generate electricity in 1915.

Carter Falls in northeastern Wilkes County has gained attention due to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation’s proposed acquisition of property that includes the falls as a focal point on the Mountains to Sea Trail.

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