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.

16 hours ago

Great hike with better views! Perfect for dogs.

amazing views, take water, it's worth the walk

Great little hike, not too challenging, with two phenomenal views, one facing North and one facing South. Very rewarding hike!

14 days ago

A lot of work for very little reward, but great exercise. Two small viewing areas at end of the trail, one called north view and the other south view. The two views are within 100 yards of each other. North view is better. Top seemed crowded with apx 10 people. Trail was a series of switchbacks all the way to the top. Ample parking.

Awesome trail! Beautifully maintained.

Clearly marked trails- really fun!

1 month ago

Great hike. Great views. Highly recommend!

VERY WELL KEPT trail. Even with heavy rains the trail was still in awesome shape. Fun hike with plenty of friendly hikers!

This is a great trail and is extremely well maintained. They have flattened the trail with rocks on both sides of the path. When it gets a bit steeper they have made an excellent use of rocks so you have stairs. They also employ at lot of switchbacks to keep the incline moderate. I wish more trails were planned and groomed as well.

Great, well maintained trails with a beautiful payoff view at the end. I gave it 4-stars due to the path being narrow and having lots of switchbacks. I would definitely hike here again.

Best kept secret in Watauga County. It's a gem!

There are lots of wonderful trails in the area...and this is one of my favorites. The climb to the two special summit lookouts is not difficult, but just enough to give you a sense of accomplishment. It is also beautifully maintained. There were a pair of bald eagles flying close by on my last visit in late spring. I have also enjoyed hiking it on a cold early spring day. I definitely want to return during the peak fall colors!

Absolutely loved this trail. The weather could not have been any more perfect, upper 70's which was nice since we were working up a sweat to reach the summit. Incredible views at the top. A great trail for our children (10 and 5) with places for breaks if they got tired. Would hike this one again