Tracing the Ararat River & Lovills Creek, Granite City Greenway forms a 6.6-mile horseshoe around Mt. Airy. The paved route offers walking, running & cycling. Includes kayak & canoe launches and trout fishing.
Hidden for more than a century on private land, Carter Falls is now accessible via a 0.5-mile trail (one way). Hike goes through an old-growth forest before revealing the stunning falls.
The Elkin & Alleghany Rail Trail is a two-mile trail (one way) following the old E&A Railroad bed along Big Elkin Creek. The trailhead is at Elkin Municipal Park in the heart of Yadkin Valley, NC.
This 25-acre park offers something for all, including swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, walking trails, bandshell, picnic shelters, playground and the Elkin Recreation Center.
Fisher River Park is a favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts just outside Dobson in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
NC's first "forest bathing" trail is at Grassy Creek Vineyard. Named the Klondike Lake Trail, the one-mile trail adheres to the Japanese concept of forest bathing, meaning "therapy in nature."
Hanging Rock State Park is located 25 miles east of the town of Pilot Mountain and is connected to Pilot Mountain State Park by the Sauratown Trail. It is home to five waterfalls.
The trail traces the route of a patriot militia known as the "Overmountain Men" leading to the key battle of Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War.
One of the most popular state parks in North Carolina. Pilot Mountain State Park is anchored by the rocky peak that provides its name and offers plenty of hiking trails, horseback trails and picnic areas. Also, rappelling and rock climbing.
A hidden gem for hiking, paddling, camping and horseback riding. Often overlooked, this section is 20 minutes south of the main park in a secluded area where shoals and small islands punctuate the Yadkin River.
The trail may be used by all horseback riders and hikers for most of the year, except for deer hunting season (mid-Nov. to mid-Dec.).
Stone Mountain State Park is located about 20 miles northwest of Elkin near the Blue Ridge Parkway.