Explore North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains At This Underrated State Park

Perhaps the most underrated state park in North Carolina, Elk Knob has a modern day win that turns this Blue Ridge Mountains destination into a triumphant victory for all. Prior to the establishment of the state park in 2003, the mountain was under threat of development. But the locals rallied to raise money to keep the condos, the subdivisions, and more from taking over Elk Knob – and with the help of the Nature Conservancy, they purchased the mountain! Next, they deeded it to the state so it would always be preserved. Within just a few years, the state opened Elk Knob State Park. And now you can visit – for free!

Have you taken the opportunity yet to visit the most underrated state park in North Carolina? Elk Knob State Park is unlike any other state park in the system. It truly is unique in every way – starting with the very steep road into the park! Other activities at this North Carolina state park besides hiking are picnicking and snowshoeing. Check it out!

Can’t get enough of the state parks in the Tar Heel State? We feel ya! There are four more state parks within 30 miles of this one: Grandfather Mountain State Park, New River State Park, Stone Mountain State Park, and Mount Jefferson Natural Area.

Address: Elk Knob State Park, 5564 Meat Camp Rd, Todd, NC 28684, USA