Camping

Available Camping Facilities

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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 three campsites that can accommodate no more than six people and two tents each.

There is also a zone camping area that can accommodate three sites of no more than six people and two tents each.

These are primitive campsites with no facilities. The sites are approximately a 1- to 2-mile hike from the trailhead. All supplies, including water, must be packed in to the sites. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least 5 minutes.

Campfires are not allowed. Cooking by camp stove is permitted.

These campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are $15 per night. There is a self-registration box at the trailhead where you place your payment in an envelope.

Elk Knob also has two group sites that can accommodate up to 26 people each. A minimum of seven people is required to use the group sites, and the group sites are for organized groups only.

A pit toilet is shared by the two group sites. All supplies, including water, must be packed in to the sites — they are located 1 to 2 miles from the trailhead. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least 5 minutes.

Campfires are not allowed. Cooking by camp stove is permitted.

Reservations are required for group campsites.

Cancellation Policy for Group Campsites

Please note that if you need to cancel your group campsite reservations, you have until 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

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Important Information

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-in at Elk Knob State Park is 3 p.m. and check-out is at 2 p.m.

Gate Access

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. Vehicles left overnight must have a camping tag.

If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during business hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.

Firewood

Campfires are prohibited at Elk Knob State Park.

Making Reservations

All North Carolina state park campgrounds are designated for recreation only. A single campsite can be reserved for a maximum of 14 consecutive nights within any 30-day period. Upon reaching that limit, a camper must vacate the park for 16 nights before returning.

The backpack and zone camping sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for the group campsites can be made up to 11 months in advance.

Changes and Cancellations

You can now cancel reservations online by logging into your account on ReserveAmerica. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel your reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

Group campsites require a 14-day notice for cancellations. If you cancel within two weeks prior to your arrival date, you will not receive any refunds. You can reschedule your reservation for a later date for a $6 transfer fee if you are within two weeks of your arrival date, and for free before the 14-day mark.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call ReserveAmerica at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground, or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by ReserveAmerica to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.

No refunds are issued for "no-shows," early departures, or cancellations made after the arrival date.

Camping Rates per Night

All prices listed on the page include the $3 reservation fee.

Campsite Type Nightly Rate
Backpack tent sites and zone tent sites $15
Group campsite
(minimum of 7, and up to 26 people)
$45

 

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

Campers 62 years old or older and any veteran or active military members are eligible for a $6 discount per night on most reservations (except group campsites). When making a reservation online, check the box for the discount program to apply it to your reservation. When you check in at the park, please make sure you have a valid ID with your birthdate or proof of military service or veteran status to confirm the discounted rate.

There are no other discounts or passes for camping.