Elk Knob State Park
As one of the newest additions to North Carolina's State Parks System, Elk Knob State Park is a great place for hiking, camping, picnicking, and cross country skiing and snowshoeing. A newly opened trail, Beech Tree Trail, provides a 1-mile family-friendly hike. A 1.9-mile trail to the top of Elk Knob is stunningly beautiful and provides a glimpse into many rare species of flora and fauna. Some unique plant life found on Elk Knob include Gray's lily, trailing wolfsbane, large purple fringed orchid, and flame azaleas. Elk Knob State Park also holds regularly scheduled educational events led by park rangers. Uniquely, Elk Knob State Park stays open during harsh winter conditions when other state parks are closed to allow for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Features of Elk Knob State Park:
- Rare plant life
- Backcountry campsites
- Stunning views of Mount Rogers, the tallest mountain in Virginia, and Mount Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi
- Allowance of cross country skiing and snowshoeing
For more information, visit: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/elkn/main.php