Carter Falls

  • Carter Falls (upper falls)

Carter Falls
Hydro Station Timeline

Located on the Big Elkin Creek, Wilkes County

  • Constructed by: Elkin Light and Power Company and placed in operation: 1914
  • Sold to the Town of Elkin by deed dated February 15, 1915.
  • Sold to Southern Public Utilities Company (Maine) by deed dated, June 29, 1926
  • Sold to Southern Public Utilities (New Jersey) by deed dated, April 4, 1935
  • Sold to Duke Power Company by deed dated, May 1, 1935
  • Hydro Plant last operated when flume failed, June 21, 1967
  • Power Station retired and dam breached, September 30, 1967
  • Acreage, including the east side of Carter Falls sold to Attorney Daniel J. Park, mid 1980’s
  • 43.3 acres, including east side of Carter Falls sold to the State of North Carolina, December 19, 2017
  • Mountains to Sea Linear State Park Trail access to Carter Falls, opened to public for the first time, 2018
  • Suspension Bridge across the lower section of Carter Falls, in the planning stage.
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    225 Martin Byrd Road, Elkin, NC
    (336) 526-1146, (336) 366-9955
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