Meat Camp, North Carolina

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Meat Camp
Meat Camp is located in North Carolina
Meat Camp
Meat Camp
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°17′58″N 81°40′35″W / 36.29944°N 81.67639°W / 36.29944; -81.67639Coordinates: 36°17′58″N 81°40′35″W / 36.29944°N 81.67639°W / 36.29944; -81.67639
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyWatauga County
3,402 ft (1,037 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)828
GNIS feature ID1021403[1]

Meat Camp is an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. It is supposedly named after a primitive packing house used by hunters since before the Revolutionary War.[2] Meat Camp has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[3][4] The community is located on Meat Camp Road (via NC 194), north of Boone.


Situated along the Old Buffalo Trail and established before the Revolutionary War, Meat Camp was the location where hunters stored their dressed animal carcasses until they were ready to return to their homes in the lowlands. Between 1790-1800 a road was established through the area, connecting the Yadkin River Valley (near Wilkesboro) to Trade, Tennessee. In 1851, the Meat Camp Baptist Church was organized, establishing a permanent population in the area to this day.[2]

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  1. ^ "Meat Camp, North Carolina". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  2. ^ a b Sakowski, Carolyn (2011). Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads. John F. Blair. ISBN 978-0-89587-559-4.
  3. ^ Petras, Kathryn; Petras, Ross (18 December 2007). Unusually Stupid Americans: A Compendium of All-American Stupidity. Random House Publishing Group. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-307-41761-9.
  4. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. xi.