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.

Awesome trail! Lots of benches and large rocks for rests on the way up. Beautiful views at top!

10 days ago

This is, hands down, the most beautiful trail I have ever been on start to finish. The trail is well maintained, but more importantly the forest surrounding you all the way up is just breathtaking. After the .5 mike mark, the trees are smaller and there is a lot of bright green undergrowth, creating a “fairy tale forest” vibe. Unfortunately I hit the trail early and the fog was too dense to get any great views at the top, but it was awesome to sit in the silence and watch/feel the clouds move over you. Highly recommend.

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15 days ago

I don't think I've given a five-star yet but I'm doing so for this moderately easy day hike. The Park Service has done a fantastic job maintaining this trail. Kudos for getting gravel up that far! There was one section that was washed out pretty bad but they get a pass on that given the 20+ inches of rain they had there last week. Shaded trail the whole way to the summit with a great overlook at around 5,084' and great views from both the north and south overlooks on the summit. It says 1.9 miles to the summit which would mean 3.8 round-trip. I had it at 4.1 miles all-together. Well worth the trip if you haven't done this one yet.

15 days ago

One of my favorite trails in the Blue Ridge. Went early, 9am, and had the trail to ourselves on a Saturday, until we started down. Maintenance on the trail is excellent and we had no problems, even after the recent heavy rains. Stretches of easy, moderate, and strenuous makes this a very interesting trail. Some of the best views anywhere and today we were not disappointed!

This was a great moderate and fairly short hike. We went on a day where there was a lot of cloud cover and the trail has a lot of trees covering it anyway so the temperature was perfect. There’s three viewing areas on the trail, one of which is halfway through the hike which creates a nice place to rest. It’s not a difficult hike and it’s not very long but it’s still nice to have a place to sit and a view to look at. The top has two viewing areas, both of which were covered by clouds when we made it to the top but I imagine it’s an amazing view when the cloud are gone. Would love to go and hike it again when it’s a little more clear outside.

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1 month ago

Beautiful views at the top! Steady incline, well-maintained trail.

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1 month ago

I wish all trails could be maintained in this manner, my hats off to the crew who put this trail in and maintain it on an ongoing basis. It's still early Spring in higher elevations there were no leaves on the trees, giving up great views of the forest floor. The view at the one mile marker is almost as nice as the summit and its great for picture taking. The very small gift shop at the entrance to the park has nice hooded jackets at great prices (just in case you forgot to plan for possible rain).

on Elk Knob Summit Trail

1 month ago

Uphill on the way there. Not too bad though. Really nice view at top.

I wouldn’t recommend this hike. WAY TO MANY PEOPLE!!!!

wonderful views at the summit.

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2 months ago

Pretty easy and very well marked and maintained.

The sign at the start says 1.9 miles to summit, I’d estimate that it’s more like 4 1/2 miles. 1.9 is maybe the service road mileage. Great trail and beautiful view but we had a five mile hike just the day before and were on our way home and thought this would be easy, it wasn’t at all. Fun though.

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2 months ago

We are new to bigger hikes so this was a tough one going up for us. It was a bit icy and super muddy (March 30) not very busy and our dogs did well. It was worth it for the view- there are two, check them both out!

Went when it was foggy so not much to see, but moderate climb with a few switchbacks to make your way up. Path was rocky so watch your step, but our dog was fine! Will definitely be going back to see the view!

Great hike, well maintained, excellent views, and not too busy. Better views at the north summit than the south imo.

Nice quick hike in Feb.
great views from atop.

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4 months ago

Wonderful, not too difficult hike! Completed in mid February so the trail was quite icy, and the sky foggy, but other than that it was splendid.

trail was icy but it was beautiful and it was foggy so we didn't see the view but so worth it.

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6 months ago

I went here to get a sunset hike and it was so beautiful. The trail is well-maintained and it doesn’t disrupt the forest much at all. Both views at the top are stunning, but I watched the sunset from the South View and it absolutely blew me away. Even though I went when the trees were bare it was awesome. I highly recommend!!

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7 months ago

Beautiful view. Trail is well maintained and clean. Happy Thanksgiving!

Well marked and we'll maintained trail. to two good views at the top. Steady uphill climb the whole way, but plenty of benches along the way, and a nice view about half way up. Easy to find with plenty of parking at the trail head, would do again!

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8 months ago

Great trail and we enjoyed it more than our family expected to. Lots of folks on the trail this time of year, great views and I would love to come back in the spring to witness the flowering plants.

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8 months ago

Medium to difficult hike. Elevation climb is pretty steep. One of the best maintained trails. Gorgeous scenery and overlooks. The leaves color change in early October was stunning.

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8 months ago

Quite a climb up but worthwhile when you get to the panoramic views. Speedy going down. Lots of folks enjoying the trail along with their dogs

Peaceful. The view is worth the narrow climb.

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!

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9 months 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.

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9 months ago

Awesome trail! Beautifully maintained.

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10 months ago

Clearly marked trails- really fun!

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