Yadkin Valley Heritage & Trails CenterMon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 10am-2pm (Open Saturdays May-Oct.)
The small-town setting becomes a picturesque backdrop for events throughout the year, such as monthly art hikes, classic car cruise ins and the annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival.
Elkin’s Foothills Arts Center works with artists of all genres to support their work and bring cultural experiences to the surrounding community. The group presents art exhibitions, plays, concerts and festivals.
Along Elkin’s Main Street, several murals adorn the buildings, telling stories of the town’s history and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain foothills. Five antique stores operate along Main Street. Other shops include a bookstore, gourmet chocolate boutique and general store specializing in hard-to-find ingredients.
Dining in downtown Elkin is a treat. From Southern cuisine in an elegant setting to rib-sticking pub fare with craft beer, the options suit a variety of palates. In-the-know diners save room for blueberry or strawberry sonker, Surry County’s signature dessert.
Its central location in Yadkin Valley wine country makes Elkin an ideal home base to explore local vineyards and sample some of the finest vintages in the Southeast. More than 20 wineries are located within 20 miles of downtown Elkin. Many specialize in wines made from European vinifera varietals.
Thanks to the Elkin Valley Trails Association, many miles of trails and greenways encourage hiking, cycling and paddling. Downtown Elkin is home to a trailhead for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, an N.C. Civil War Trails site and a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Tubing, kayaking and canoeing are popular activities on the Yadkin River that runs through town.