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.
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.
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.