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View from the summit at Elk Knob State Park. Photo by J. Mickey.
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
 

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
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Breathtaking views from the summit of Elk Knob are complemented by intimate forest scenes on a trail system that explores dramatic elevation changes and was created largely by volunteers. The park’s terrain can be steep and challenging, but rewarding.

 


Backcountry Trail
Location: Begins and ends at the Trailhead PVA.

Description:

The 2-mile (one way, moderate) Backcountry Trail winds down into a valley where the backcountry campsites are located. The Backcountry Trail is known for the headwaters of the North Fork of the New River and the spring bloom of the Trout Lily.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
orange diamond

Beech Tree Trail
Location: Begins and ends at the Trailhead PVA.

Description:

The Beech Tree Trail-our Kid's Track Trail-is an easy 1-mile loop around the picnic area. The majority of the trail penetrates a large American Beech forest at 4,500 ft. The Kid’s Track Trail is part of the Kids in Parks initiative. This program rewards kids with small prizes for their hiking achievements.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
yellow diamond

Maple Run Trail
Location: Begins at the Trailhead PVA and ties into the Beech Tree Trail.

Description:

The 1-mile Maple Run Trail (still under construction) is designed for cross country skiing and hiking. This easy loop trail connects the office to the trailhead parking area. Wake Robin and Giant Trilliums may be seen from the trail in spring.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red diamond

Summit Trail
Location: Begins and ends at the Trailhead PVA.

Description:

The 1.9-mile (one way, advanced) Summit Trail was completed with the help of over 6,000 hours provided by many volunteers over a five year span. The beautiful and well maintained trail is a big part of the adventure but the breathtaking view from the top is the icing on the cake. Upon reaching the summit of Elk Knob hikers have spectacular views of The Peak, Three Top and Bluff Mountains, Mount Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Mt Rodgers (Va.), and the Iron Mountains in Virginia and Tennessee.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.90 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
blue diamond