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
Contact the park
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
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 email@example.com.
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.