Elk River Falls Park
The Elk River Falls Park is an area near the town of Elk Park, North Carolina.  The main attraction of the area is the Elk River Falls.  The falls drop vertically 50 feet over some granite cliffs.  These falls are always impressive because of the size of Elk River.  There are not many trails in this area but it is well worth coming to see these falls.  There are two more falls in the general area as well.  The Jones Falls which is off of the Appalachian Trail and Twisting Falls further down the Elk River.  You can't access Twisting Falls from the Park area but instead need to drive back through Banner Elk to reach them.

The trails in this area are the Elk River Falls Trail, Jones Falls Trail, Twisting Falls Trail, and the Appalachian Trail runs through this area as well.  Besides hiking, the Elk River provides great fishing along its banks.  Fishing is permitted anywhere with the proper fishing license.

The area also has areas to set up picnics and makes a great stop to hang out and relax by the river.  Swimming however is not permitted around the falls and neither is jumping off of the falls because of the dangerous currents underneath the falls.
  Sight Seeing

From Boone:  Take NC-105 South, turn right onto NC-184 N (towards Banner Elk), turn left onto NC-194 S, Turn right onto US-19E N, turn right onto Little Elk Rd., turn left onto Old Mill Rd., turn right onto Elk River Rd., parking at end of road after 4 miles.

Year Around

No Fees


2,275 feet -  3,700 feet

Allowed, must be on leash.
Camping Permitted on Appalachian Trail only
Page Created By:  John Ostrander
Pictures Taken By:  Amanda Tsiukes

Google Files
You can use this interactive map to find directions to the trail in the park you are looking to hike, or to help plan your trip. 

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.
High Country Trails

Trails Illustrated Map #783