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Events and Programs

Elk Knob State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Novice campers are invited to join the Rangers at Elk Knob State Park for an enjoyable night of camping on Saturday, June 30 beginning no earlier than 2:30 pm. This is the tenth year that Elk Knob has participated in the campout which introduces families to the joy of camping without the expense of buying equipment. It is a great event for two main reasons: it allows participants a night of supervised camping at Elk Knob State Park, and we provide the tents, dinner, s'mores and interesting programs to fill the night with entertainment. Participants should bring their own snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, breakfast for Sunday morning, and their own sleeping bags or blankets. The campout is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by June 25. You may register by calling 828-297-7261. Adults must accompany children. Children must be 6 years and older. Pets are not allowed. Don't miss a great opportunity to try camping without the expense involved. It may be the start of a new hobby for the family.
Planned activities include a demonstration of cool camping equipment by Footsloggers, an informative "Leave No Trace" presentation by Mast General Store, a live animal program by the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and viewing of the night skies.
Activities begin at 4 pm so arrive early enough to get set up and be ready to enjoy the activities. Activities are subject to change.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 2:30pm to Sun, 07/01/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Field at Front Gate

Learn about the techniques used in the field to study our mountain streams and the fish and wildlife that inhabit them. Workshop will include actual survey and identification of fish and aquatic insects. We will also learn about trout management in NC, with an emphasis on Brook Trout populations, and discuss some of the factors affecting our mountain waterways. Participants will try out several activities they can take back to the classroom. Participants should come prepared to get in the water, so bring waders and/or rubber boots if possible.

MUST CONTACT to register for this workshop

Date of Event:
Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Enjoy a day filled with live music, games, nature activities, hikes, wagon rides, craft and cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities, history and FOOD! Please bring a dish of food to share and join us between 11 am and 3 pm for our 14th Annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO, Inc.). Enjoy a day of cultural heritage and pride. Please note that if you are interested in participating in the potluck, you should bring a dish of food to share and plan to be at the park by noon.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/08/2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Field at park entrance

Elk Knob State Park

5564 Meat Camp Road
ToddNC 28684
Latitude: 36.332586
Longitude: -81.690640

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November - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, May, September and October: 7am - 8pm
June - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office Hours
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays