Greenwood State Beach is a hidden gem, and you will probably have the beach to yourself. It’s hard to believe that in the late 19th century and early 20th, a lumber mill operated here, with a pier jutting out into the sea. There is no sign of it now, and the only wood you’ll find there these days is an abundance of driftwood, some big enough to provide seating for a picnic as you enjoy the sea breezes and the stunning view.
Elk was once known as Greenwood, named for the town’s founding family. When the town grew big enough to need its own post office, the residents of Greenwood discovered that there was already a town called Greenwood, and they chose Elk, the name the town still carries to this day. If you’d like to learn more about Elk’s history and see photos of it in its logging days, stop by the Visitor Center, housed in the distinctive white former post office building, right on Main Street.