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.