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Meat Camp, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Meat Camp, North Carolina
Meat Camp, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Watauga County
3,402 ft (1,037 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
GNIS feature ID 1021403

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. Meat Camp has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. 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.

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