Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina state parks system. Currently, it is in an interim development stage with a park office/contact station, picnic area, parking areas, and trail to the summit of Elk Knob, with plans to add a maintenance facility and road improvements. At this time, visitors can hike to the summit by following a steep, rocky road.

Wonderful trail with amazing views!!! Very well marked!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Park Office was closed when I attended, and the bathrooms at the picnic area were not the greatest, but the hike was awesome and there are excellent views from the top.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

This is a nicely graded, well maintained hike to awesome views. Leaves have just started to change.

A great hike, decent incline, a little steep in parts. Gorgeous views at the top. Can't wait to do it again.

Great for a short hike with the dog. It's an easy hike on a well maintained trail but definitely will bring your heart rate up a notch due to the slope.

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5 months ago

Best maintained trail I've been on. Views at the top are great!

This beautifully maintained trail is worth the effort. The views are amazing.

Beautiful views!! Very much worth the drive and the hike. This trail is actually called the "summit trail" on the park map. Not ever being there I was confused with this, actually trying to find the "elk knob trail". The trail itself was very narrow, it could use some expansion, especially with how populated it is and with dogs being allowed. That being said, amazing hike! Will definitely be back. Also, there is no charge to get into this state park and it had the cleanest outdoor bathroom I had ever been in.

Views from the top are spectacular. Well worth the effort.

Views from the top are spectacular. Well worth the effort

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6 months ago

Nicely maintained trail. 1.9 miles to the top of a 5520 foot view on north side and south side. I like the south side view better (plus a good sunset spot). The trail can get a little steep and is mostly gravel to some larger rocks. Beautiful vegetation and flowers.