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Current status of park facilities   

Weekend delays: As we move into the fall leaf season, several state parks have been reaching parking space capacity on weekends. We are anticipating increased visitation at Elk Knob State Park in the next few weeks, so please be prepared. Once parking reaches capacity, vehicles will not be let in until others leave. The best time to visit is during the week; if you have to visit during the weekends, please be sure to arrive early morning or late afternoon, and have a backup plan in case the park is full when you arrive.

All park facilities are open as of September 11.

Hours for the park office may be limited; please call the park at 828-297-7261 for more information. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office. 

Campers, please bring exact change ($15 per site per night for tent campsites) and register and pay for your campsite at the trailhead when you arrive. The group campsite must be reserved in advance by going online or calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762.

Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 7, 2020


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.