Weekend delays: Many parks are reaching parking space capacity on weekends. Increased visitation is expected at Elk Knob State Park, so please be prepared. Once capacity is reached, the park will be closed until an adequate number of parking spaces become available. The best time to visit is during the week; if you have to visit on a weekend, please be sure to arrive early morning or late afternoon, and have a backup plan in case the park is full when you arrive.
All park facilities are open as of September 11.
Hours for the park office may be limited; please call the park at 828-297-7261 for more information. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office.
Campers, please bring exact change ($15 per site per night for tent campsites) and register and pay for your campsite at the trailhead when you arrive. The group campsite must be reserved in advance by going online or calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762.
Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.Last updated on: Friday, April 2, 2021
Contact the park
5564 Meat Camp Road
Todd, NC 28684
GPS: 36.3325, -81.6906
- November to February:
7:00am to 6:00pm
- March to May:
7:00am to 8:00pm
- June to August:
7:00am to 9:00pm
- September to October:
7:00am to 8:00pm
- Closed Christmas Day
- Monday to Friday:
8:00am to 5:00pm
- Closed state holidays
Things to do
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Elk Knob State Park allows many activities not offered at other State Parks including cross country skiing and snowshoeing. We strive to keep the park open in extreme winter conditions when many other parks are forced to close. This allows for unprecedented State Park access during some of the most extreme winter conditions. While we welcome cross country skiing and snowshoeing, snow boarding is not allowed at Elk Knob State Park.
A small picnic area is available. There are 11 picnic sites with grills and tables. Two of the sites are handicapped accessible.