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View from the summit of Elk Knob
Park Is Open! Four Wheel Drive and Foot Traction Devices HIGHLY Recommended!   

Caution. Snow and ice on all roads, parking areas, walkways and trails. Foot traction devices are recommended.  Park roads are slick due to partial thawing and compaction.

 Last updated on: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

Weekend delays: As we move into the fall leaf season, several state parks have been reaching parking space capacity on weekends. We are anticipating increased visitation at Elk Knob State Park in the next few weeks, so please be prepared. Once parking reaches capacity, vehicles will not be let in until others leave. The best time to visit is during the week; if you have to visit during the weekends, 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: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Elk Knob State Park

Contact the park



Park office

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






Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.


Backpack and group camping

Elk Knob State Park has backcountry campsites. It is a pleasant hike down into a cove forest with beautiful streams. There are:

  • three individual sites that can accommodate no more than six people and two tents each
  • two group sites that can accommodate up to 26 people (minimum of seven) and is for organized groups
  • a zone camping area that can accommodate three sites of no more than six people and two tents each

These are primitive sites with no facilities except one pit toilet to be shared by the two group sites. The sites are approximately a 1- to 2-mile hike from the trailhead. All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least 5 minutes. Campfires are not allowed. Cooking by camp stove is permitted.

The primitive, backcountry campsites and zone camping are $15 per night.  

The group backcountry sites for up to 26 people (minimum of seven) cost $55 per night between April 1 and October 31 and $49 between November 1 and March 31.

Reservations are required for the group sites while the other sites are on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact the park office for more information: 828-297-7261.


NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.