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View from the summit of Elk Knob

Map of North Carolina – Elk Knob State Park

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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.