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Potential Park Closure Due To Overcrowding   

Staff anticipate closure due to overcrowding on weekends throughout the month of October.  Staff recommend visitors arrive in the early morning or evening hours.  The webpage will be updated immediately once we close and/or reopen.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  
  

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Potential Office Closure   

The park office may be closed during your visit due to understaffing.  The passport stamp is located near the deck steps outside of the park office.  Additional restrooms are located in the picnic area.  Sorry for any inconvenience.        

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 13, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Elk Knob State Park


Contact the park
 

828-297-7261

elk.knob@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Park office

5564 Meat Camp Road
Todd, NC 28684

GPS: 36.3325, -81.6906
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed state holidays
     

 

 

 

Educational programs

Park rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Elk Knob State Park. Watch for notices of these programs on park displays and through local media. Check the Events calendar for more information.

To arrange a special exploration of Elk Knob State Park for your group or class, contact the park office. Elk Knob has a rich natural and cultural history, and by special request, park rangers will do on-site and outreach environmental education programs. School groups may be eligible for the Youth in Parks Environmental Education program sponsored by Friends of State Parks. This program is designed to offset the cost of school field trips at North Carolina State Parks. Contact the park office for additional information.

The Appalachian Studies Department at Appalachian State University is working with park staff to provide programming rich in southern Appalachian history and culture. Traditional music, story-telling and mountain crafts, for example, are demonstrated at the park amphitheater.

In June, novice campers are invited to join the park’s rangers for an exciting night of camping. The Great American Backyard Campout introduces families to the delights of camping without the expense of buying equipment. The park provides tents, dinner, s'mores, and entertainment. This annual event is free to the public.

In September the park hosts the Elk Knob Community Heritage Day. For generations local folk have gathered in the gap of Elk Knob to visit with one another. The Elk Knob Community Heritage Day is an annual celebration of this tradition. Participants share a covered dish meal while enjoying historical demonstrations, wagon rides and music. The Appalachian Studies Department of Appalachian State University will be on site to collect and share oral traditions, history, and photos. There is no charge for this event.