Elk Knob State Park

Todd, North Carolina 28684

Elk Knob State Park

Elk Knob State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Elk Knob is one of North Carolina’s newest state parks, saved from the prospect of second- home development by The Nature Conservancy and local residents. One of many high peaks north of Boone, Elk Knob is an amphibolite mountain, a unique
geological composition of metamorphic rock that is rich in nutrients and supports many rare plants. This peak rises to more than 5,500 feet, the equal of more southerly Boone- area peaks like Beech Mountain, the East’s highest town and ski resort, and Hump Mountain, on the Roan Highlands part of the Appalachian Trail.

The park’s “all-new” but “interim” facilities include an administrative office, a picnic area, and a 1.9-mile Summit Trail to 5,520-foot Elk Knob built with the help of hundreds of volunteers. The easy yellow diamond-blazed Beech Tree Trail, the park’s interpretive TRACK Trail, is a 1-mile loop around the picnic area. The red diamond-blazed Maple Run Trail (0.5 mile) is another easy loop. The 2-mile, orange diamond-blazed moderate to strenuous Backcountry Trail leads to pack-in campsites."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Elk Knob State Park, 5564 Meat Camp Rd., Todd 28684; (828) 297-7261; ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/elkn/main.php; e-mail: elk.knob@ncparks.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Zionville. Download a map at the park’s website
Local Maps

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Jul 2018