The North Carolina State Parks System exists for the enjoyment, education, health and inspiration of all our citizens and visitors. The mission of the state parks system is to conserve and protect representative examples of the natural beauty, ecological features and recreational resources of statewide significance; to provide outdoor recreational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment; and to provide environmental education opportunities that promote stewardship of the state's natural heritage.
Elk Knob State Park is a 4300 acre park with hiking trails, camping, and a picnic area. Free public nature programs are given weekly and upon request. We montitor plant and animal species and manage exotic/invasives. We work with outside organizations to provide a variety of outdoor experiences to the public.