Best Hiking Trails in Elk Knob State Park
Elk Knob State Park is a state park in North Carolina established in 2002. Named for the elk that once grazed in the valleys below, Elk Knob State Park is the only park in NC that offers cross country skiing.
Just North of Boone, NC (home of Appalachian State University) you'll find the park entrance off of Meat Camp Rd. A gravel road (Old Woods Rd.) through a wooded section leads you directly to the main parking area for Elk Knob Trail.
When to Go
For up to date Park hours and events, visit <www.ncparks.gov/elk-knob-state-park.> The Park traffic and attendance is usually greater in the warmer months although foliage is most colorful between mid-October to mid-November. The park attempts to stay open year round with the exception of Christmas Day.
What sets this Park apart from others is one of the highest peaks in North Carolina’s mountains at 5,520 feet, the summit (a 1.9 mile hike with rise of 1000ft.) is accessible via the parks trail system. The park also offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing, but bring your own equipment.
Camping is available in the park. Described as backcountry, primitive camping, there are three sites that will accommodate up to six people and two tents each along with two group sites.
No hiking permits are required.
Camping is self-register for the first three sites at the trailhead ($10 per night). Groups (min. 7 and no more than 26 people) must register in advance at the park office and pay the fee of $32 per night.