Elk Knob Summit Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews
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Elk Knob Summit Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Todd, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
974 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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1 day ago

Great hike. Great views. Highly recommend!

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5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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.

11 days ago

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.

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27 days ago

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

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27 days ago

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!

1 month ago

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

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The Elk Knob Summit Trail winds through deciduous woodlands to the top of Elk Knob, elevation 5,520. Elk Knob is one of the tallest peaks in the area, and when you get to the top, there are great views to the north and south, weather permitting. The climb is pretty steady but never a grind thanks to the intelligent design of the trail. Beautiful stone stairs, stepping stones and retaining walls look like they've been in the forest forever.

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2 months ago

This was my second time hiking here. Nicely maintained trail with great views at the top.