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Current status of park facilities   

Weekend delays: Many parks are reaching parking space capacity on weekends.  Increased visitation is expected at Elk Knob State Park, so please be prepared. Once capacity is reached, the park will be closed until an adequate number of parking spaces become available.  The best time to visit is during the week; if you have to visit on a weekend, 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: Friday, April 2, 2021

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




Future development

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation is currently working on a Master Plan for Elk Knob State Park. Please check this page for updates on the planning process.


Public comment opportunity

June 23, 2020

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation is pleased to share the final Elk Knob State Park master plan for public review. The Division, in conjunction with their consultant, E2 Landscape Architecture, has completed the planning process for this master plan. The master plan is linked below for public input.

The planning process consisted of several site visits to the park, interviewing of stakeholders, two public input meetings held in Boone, and tireless data collection. All this to make sure that the plan found the correct balance for future development of the park and protection of the natural resources that make Elk Knob State Park special and unique.

Please review the master plan and let the Division know of any comments that you may have. You can email Dave Head, Planning Program Manager, with any comments at

This plan will be open for public comment until July 10.

Thank you for your time and input on this important study.

Click here to see the Elk Knob Master Plan, final version for public comment, downloadable through Google Drive »



Elk Knob State Park preserves and interprets the rare Long Valley Hope ecosystem and Southern Appalachian culture. It allows for a diversity of front and backcountry recreation adventure that is designed to be ecologically sensitive. The park is a regional leader in education and in celebration of the significance of the landscape and its cultural heritage.


Goals of the planning process

  • Expand the park to further conserve important surrounding landscapes. This includes sensitive and priority habitats and lands that support the Division's goals.
  • Connect the park to surrounding communities. Create a connection between the park and the surrounding mountain communities, both physically and through outreach and collaboration. Bring the community into the park by providing gathering spaces, event programming, and celebration of the local people and heritage.
  • Celebrate and preserve the natural, cultural, and viewshed resources. Habitat is conserved for the rare and endangered species. Cultural resources are conserved. Important viewsheds are conserved as one of the most important assets of the park.
  • Improve the park user's experience through facilities. Increase the experience by providing visitor service facilities that will provide expanded education and research opportunities, heritage learning, and interpretation, all contained in environmentally conscious facility design.
  • Increase recreation access and connectivity, and enhance the unique existing opportunities. Incorporate the Northern Peaks State Trail, which will connect inaccessible areas. Establish hiking trails, elevate unique recreation activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Provide overnight accommodation and camping for visitors.