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Elk Knob State Park

5564 Meat Camp Road

Elk Knob State Park features one of the highest peaks in North Carolina’s high country at 5,520 feet and one of the parks system’s finest trails to the spectacular views from the summit. Other trails are being developed at this relatively new park. Despite its location in an area known for winter weather, the park attempts to stay open throughout the winter and is the only one in the system offering cross-country skiing (although skiers must provide their own equipment). At lower elevations, there are primitive, backcountry campsites for individuals and for groups. Elk Knob is an outstanding park for experiencing all seasons in the mountain environment.


Trevor McGrath

Saturday, March 31, 2018
The summit trail is WONDERFUL! It's pretty steep (1000 foot climb in elevation over 1.9 miles), but very well-groomed and bordered by rocks so you can clearly see the trail. Rock steps are there in the steeper parts, so anyone in somewhat decent shape should be able to handle this walk. You could do it in tennis shoes if need be, but there may be a few wet/muddy parts if there's been recent rain. You'll be rewarded with absolutely STUNNING views at the top. Two views: north and south side of the summit.

mike reitzel

Sunday, April 22, 2018
This is a beautifully maintained park with great scenic trails meandering under a awesome canopy of trees. The plant life and natural rock formations enhance its beauty for those who love nature. The Summit Trail offers another great view of our spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. Happy Trails.

Sam E

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
It's a nice park and easy to get to from Boone. Great if you don't want to head towards the parkway. I've hiked here twice and the photos are from once in the rain in mid-august and once in mid-October. The main trail is mostly a slow incline with tons of switch-backs in places. The trail has lots of rocks and gravel for the first portion of the trail. One lookout along the way up. My pom didn't enjoy the hike, but I'm sure a larger dog would. I had no problem with the trail and comfortably hiked it without stopping.

Michel Heijnen

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Great park! I recommend getting the early to make sure you have a quiet walk. I did the summit trail, which was a nice walk up with amazing views on both the north and south side. Very pet friendly as well.

Kendra Reese

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Clouds cleared just enough to get some awesome shots. Perfect length hike.

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