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Summit view at Elk Knob State Park

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Elk Knob State Park has backcountry campsites. It is a pleasant hike down into a cove forest with beautiful streams. There are:

  • 3 individual sites that can accommodate no more than six people and two tents each
  • 2 group sites that can accommodate up to 26 people (Minimum of seven) and is for organized groups
  • A zone camping area that can accommodate three sites of no more than six people and two tents each

These are primitive sites with no facilities except one pit toilet to be shared by the two group sites. The sites are approximately a one- to two-mile hike from the trailhead. All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least 5 minutes. Camp fires are not allowed. Cooking by camp stove is permitted.

The primitive, backcountry campsites and zone camping are $10 per night.  

The group backcountry sites are $32 per night for up to 26 people (minimum of seven).

Reservations are required for the group sites while the other sites are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the park office for more information. 828-297-7261


Elk Knob State Park

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

Park Hours:

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