Do you want to hear a fun fact about Elk Knob State Park? Well, did you know that it features one of the HIGHEST peaks in North Carolina's high country? That's right!
It stands at 5,520 ft and one of the park's finest trails, and make sure you take your camera because there are amazing views from the summit!
Open year round, the park offers great hiking in summer, and even cross-country skiing in the winter. In fact, they are only one of the few State Parks that include cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
On the lower levels, you can enjoy primitive, backcountry campsites for families who want to extend their adventure. And when you see the park, you'll see why many do!
Elk Knob State Park is actually one of the newest additions to the North Carolina state parks system. As well as the breathtaking views from the summit, there are also intimate forest scenes on the trail that allow kids to explore dramatic elevation changes.
It's worth keeping in mind that the park's terrain can be steep and challenging, but certainly rewarding! There are, however, some trails which are shorter and easier, so there are walking opportunities for those who don't want anything too strenuous.
Keep an eye out for fun events across the year too! These offer a variety of learning opportunities for all ages, and typically led by park rangers which means there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions too!
Some of the events might require registration, but across the year you might come across Summer Wildflowers where you learn about what's blooming, what's edible, what's medicinal and more.
You can look at the Skins & Skulls found in the area, or even learn about the techniques used in the field to study the mountain streams, fish and wildlife!
There is SO much to enjoy at Elk Knob State Park, so why not spend your next family day out immersed in the beauty of nature, wildlife and plenty of adventure!
Free to enter the park!
Same as adult
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).
Make sure you take sun protection as it can get pretty hot!
Why not pack a fun and tasty picnic? There are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy it at!
Healthy Eating Take plenty of bottled water
Park rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Elk Knob State Park. To arrange a special exploration of Elk Knob State Park for your class, contact the park office. Elk Knob has a rich natural and cultural history, and by special request, park rangers will do on-site and outreach environmental education programs. School groups may be eligible for the Youth in Parks Environmental Education program sponsored by Friends of State Parks. This program is designed to offset the cost of school field trips at North Carolina State Parks. Contact the park office for additional information.
There are 11 picnic sites with grills and tables. Two of the sites are handicapped accessible.
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OPens 7am. Close between 6pm and 9pm pending month, so check online
Open year round, closed Christmas Day
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