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View from the summit at Elk Knob State Park. Photo by J. Mickey.
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Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Backcountry campsites are open as of May 22. Please bring exact change ($15 per site per night) and register and pay for your campsite at the trailhead when you arrive. The group campsites remain closed.

Trails and restrooms are open. The park office, gift shop, and amphitheater remain closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 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




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.