Pilot Mountain
The Most Unique Mountain In NC
Great North Carolina Hiking Books!

Elk Knob – Elk Knob State Park, NC

Topo Hike Trails Map
   All Hikes Map
   Click for location shots
   Click for location shots
   Click for Parking/Start location
   Hike trail blazed colors
   Other trail

  • Flash_FP1
  • Flash_FP2
  • Flash_FP3
  • Flash_FP4
  • Flash_FP5

Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
3.8 mls N/A N/A
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
2 hours with 30 minutes of break
943 ft
Elk Knob State Park
Topo Hike Trails Map (PDF)
Hike Trails Description (PDF)
Pottertown NC Weather Forecast
Garmin (GDB), Gaia/Trails App (GPX) (What's this?)

Park at main parking area beside the amphitheater. 36.33171, -81.68928

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest state parks in North Carolina and also one of the smallest. The trail system may be minimal, but the Summit Trail is one of the finest trails in the state park system. The immaculately built trail winds its way for 1.9 miles through entrancing northern hardwood forests to the summit of Elk Knob, the second tallest mountain in the Amphibolite Range.

Most of the land in the Amphibolite Range is privately owned and there isn’t much public land available for hiking. Fortunately Elk Knob is available for the public to explore and the views encompass some of the highest peaks in NC, TN, and VA. At just under 4 miles round trip this is a great half-day hike for the family and those wishing to discover the extreme northwest corner of North Carolina.

Mid June
Mid February
Northern Summit View
Elk Knob Hike Comments
about us | contact us | terms of use | © 2000 - 2024