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Summit view at Elk Knob State Park

5564 Meat Camp Road
Todd, NC 28684



Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.332586, -81.690640

November - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, May, September and October: 7am - 8pm
June - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office Hours
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays


Park road has been cleared, but snow and ice still cover trails.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 13, 2019



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.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm