Elk City State Park sits in a gorgeous valley with natural greatness on both sides. On one is the reservoir where crappie the size of $30 ribeyes are caught from a state park cove each spring. The world record 123-pound flathead catfish came from the same lake.
On the other side, the park offers access to trails that make the area a hiker’s dream. Lengths and difficulties vary but most lead to towering rock formations that stand like castles atop the highest ridges around.