Elk Knob State Park

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5564 Meat Camp Rd, Todd, NC 28684, United States

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Introduction of Elk Knob State Park

Elk Knob State Park has one of the highest peaks in North Carolina’s high country at 5,520 feet and one of the best trails in the park system to the summit’s spectacular views. At this relatively new park, additional trails are being developed. Despite its location in a winter-prone area, the park strives to remain open throughout the season and is the only one in the system to offer cross-country skiing (although skiers must provide their own equipment). There are primitive backcountry campsites for individuals and groups at lower elevations. Elk Knob is an excellent park for experiencing all four seasons in the mountains.



Elk Knob State Park Location

Head south on N Jefferson Ave for 1.6 miles toward W 2nd St; continue onto US-221 BUS S for 0.1 mile; turn right onto US-221 S for 3.6 miles; turn right onto NC-194 S for 11.9 miles; turn right onto Hopewell Church Rd for 1.6 miles; turn right onto Meat Camp Rd; destination will be on the right in 3.6 miles; it is 0.4 miles straight ahead to the trailhead parking on a gravel road.

From the US Hwy. 421/221 intersection, take US Hwy. 421 East for about 0.6 mile. Turn left onto NC Highway 194 and travel 4.3 miles. Turn left onto Meat Camp Road (there is a state park sign here) and travel 5.4 miles. The final section is steep and ascends the mountain. Turn right into the state park; the trailhead parking is 0.4 mile straight ahead on a gravel road.

Elk Knob State Park Trails

Looking for the best trails in Elk Knob State Park for a challenging hike or a family outing? AllTrails has three excellent hiking trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, as well as reviews and photos from other nature enthusiasts.

Are you prepared for your next hike or bike ride? Elk Knob State Park has 1 easy hiking trails that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more challenging hike? We’ve got you covered with trails ranging in elevation gain from 33 to 293 metres. Whatever your plans for the day are, you can find the ideal trail for your next visit to Elk Knob State Park.


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