Elk Knob State Park
Elk Knob State Park is located off of Meatcamp Road just outside of Boone. Elk Knob is a 5,550 ft. mountain that towers over near-by Snake Mountain and Howard's Knob. The view at the top is a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. There are almost no trees on top, just one Birch Tree that you can find a pair of Peregrine Falcons resting in the early morning. You can see Grandfather Mt., Roan Mt., Mt. Mitchel, Mt. Rogers, and numerous other mountains in the area. On a clear day you can see over 60 miles in every direction.
Though you cannot camp on the Summit Trail there are some small sites and large group sites on a few trails around the base of the mountain. There are many bears in the area so if you do decide to camp you are required to use the provided bear safe containers to store your food and toiletries. There are a few creeks in the area that you can fill up on water. This area would make a good spot to bring a group of people on an easy backpacking trip.
To see a 3-D interactive map of the State Park, please load the Master Google File on the left side.
From Boone: Take US-421 east, turn left at NC-194, turn left at Meatcamp Rd, follow road until you reach Elk Mountain.
Year Around, Facilities are Seasonal
No Permits Required to hike, permits are required to camp.
3,900 feet - 5,560 feet
Allowed, must be on leash
Pictures taken by: Amanda Tsiukes
Page created by: John Ostrander
Camping at permitted sites only
High Country Trails
You can use this interactive map to find directions to the trail in the park you are looking to hike. This map is interactive and you can move around and zoom in or out.
For Driving Directions: Please click on the "hiker man" and then click on the arrow in the bottom right corner. You will then be redirected to Google Maps where you can type in your home address.