Trails in the Elk Knob State Park Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Elk Knob State Park Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Elk Knob State Park trailhead, see the Elk Knob State Park Trailhead page.

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Backcountry Trail

More Difficult
  • Winds down into a valley where the backcountry campsites are located. The Backcountry Trail is known for the headwaters of the North Fork of the New River and the spring bloom of the Trout Lily. Features the headwaters of the North Fork of the New...
  • 2.0mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles

Beech Tree Trail

  • An easy 1-mile loop around the picnic area. The majority of the trail passes through a large American Beech forest at 4,500 ft. elevation. This is a Kids In Parks TRACK Trail, meaning you can earn prizes for the little ones if they complete and track...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles

Maple Run Trail

  • Begins at the office and connects to the trailhead parking area, and also ties into the Beech Tree Trail for an easy loop. Designed for cross country skiing and hiking. Wake Robin and Giant Trilliums may be seen from the trail in spring.
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles

Summit Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs from the parking area to the summit, thru switchbacks as it goes. Crosses over an old road (which used to be the main route to the summit) several times on the way. Travels through a northern hardwood forest, which is open and attractive; near...
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles