Elk Knob State Park

Todd, NC

Where are we going?

Elk Knob State Park
5564 Meat Camp Rd
NC 28684

828 297-7261

What is there to do?

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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free to enter the park!

Children: Same as adult


Need a little extra help?

There are 11 picnic sites with grills and tables. Two of the sites are handicapped accessible.


When can we go?

OPens 7am. Close between 6pm and 9pm pending month, so check online

Open year round, closed Christmas Day


Any top tips?

Make sure you take sun protection as it can get pretty hot!

I’m Hungry!

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

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