Clear the way, and they will come. Elkin will one day be a major hub for visitors hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail or the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (or even paddling the Yadkin River). The Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) is continually adding trailhead to the Elkin and Alleghany Rail Trail that will connect with trails at Stone Mountain Stone Park, which will become part of the proposed Mountains-to-Sea Trail route. Although much of the Elkin greenway system is a working progress, you'll find several established trails in and around downtown Elkin.
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
The National Park Service is working to implement a trail that recognizes the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. A completed three-mile section starts at Elkin Municipal Park and follows Big Elkin Creek where it crosses through downtown Elkin and follows the Yadkin River west into Wilkes County.
Elkin Parks Link Trail
This greenway connects Elkin Municipal Park with Crater Park located on the Yadkin River. Crater Park is an access point for boat launches into the Yadkin River along with a public restroom, picnic areas, multisport fields, and boat ramp. Crater Park is a great place for catching largemouth bass, spotted bass, and catfish!
Elkin and Alleghany Trail
This trailhead is located at Elkin Municipal Park and heads from the northern end of the park's walking loop. The trail follows Elkin Creek and runs adjacent to the old railroad bed of the decommissioned Elkin and Alleghany railroad. Over 2.5 miles of the trail allows for handicap access from the park to the footbridge. Plans are to connect the trail with a single-track mountain biking loop and join the Stone Mountain Trail (under development) where it will joint trails at Stone Mountain State Park.
Stone Mountain State Park
There are eight trails covering eighteen miles surrounding the 600-foot dome of exposed granite called Stone Mountain. There are trails suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. Stone Mountain Park is located just minutes from US 21, about fifteen minutes from downtown Elkin.
Elkin Greenway Information
July 24, 2018
Early Mornings & Hard Work Equal Continued Success at NC’s First Organic Vineyard
“When we went to Germany and Italy, we thought we’d learn some neat tricks and find something we could do different, but it turns out they make wine exactly the same way we do,” Pat says, laughing.
May 18, 2019
Map Your Way to Outdoor Adventure in North Carolina Wine Country
The Four Rivers Outdoor Adventure Map – available both in print and online – highlights paddling, cycling, fishing and hiking options in a place that is quite geographically diverse. Surry County is home to the iconic Pilot Mountain, four rivers, rolling foothills, higher elevation mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
June 7, 2019
Wake up to Vineyard Views at Numerous Yadkin Valley Wineries
A perk of visiting Yadkin Valley wine country is staying in the vineyards. Several wineries along the Surry County Wine Trail offer lodging on property. Whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway for two or a larger option for a group, there’s a spot for you.
April 3, 2018
Elkin: A Trails Town Located on the Yadkin River
The entire trail spans 1,175 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.