Something fun for everyone...
Elkin's centrally located in an area full of fun (and crazy) adventures, beautiful parks, historic parkways, trails for hiking, bikes and horses, rivers for tubing, and even zip-lines for thrill seekers and speedways for fast racin'. Take a look below, and you'll find that there is no reason to be bored on the weekend or on your vacation. The adventures listed below are all in or within 25 minutes of Elkin city limits, so take a ride in any direction and have the time of your life! Or, if you love wineries, just stay in Elkin where we offer 5 wine tasting rooms and vineyards only minutes from each other!
(Photo above is from Elkin Municipal Park).
Stone Mountain State Park
For an afternoon adventure just north of Elkin (heading towards Sparta 20 minutes on Hwy 21), you'll find beautiful Stone Mountain State Park. Encompassing over 14,000 acres, this park is great for camping, picnicking, fishing and rock climbing, and one stop you won't want to miss. Stone Mountain is a spectacular 600 ft granite dome that was named a National Natural Landmark in 1975. Park hours are: November to February 8:00am - 6:00pm; March, April, September, October 8:00am - 8:00pm; and May to August 8:00am - 9:00pm. Closed Christmas Day. For more information, please go to http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/stmo/main.php.
Blue Ridge Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway
Elkin is a perfect location in the "foothills" as we sit about 20 minutes below the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Camping, hiking, bicycling, golfing, wildlife and bird watching, motorcycle touring, fishing, and of course the most beautiful fall foliage display you'll ever see, are awaiting your visit. Museums of beautiful art and Carolina cultural heritage of long ago are also dotted along this 469-mile scenic parkway. Stay in Elkin, and drive up to the Parkway for the day. Be sure to visit their official website for more information at http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/index.php.
Pilot Mountain State Park is approx. 25 minutes to the east of Elkin and is the most visited State Park in North Carolina. Beautiful vistas and and easy hikes that all ages can enjoy. There is plenty to see and enjoy at this park, including camping sites, picnic areas and parking at the top. For more information, please visit the NC Division of Parks website at http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/pimo/main.php.
Ridenour Ranch is a working ranch with alpaca, goats, sheep, beef cattle and ponies. We are a agritourism ranch with a farm store and animal interaction.
Located next to Jones Von Drelh Vineyards and right off Highway 21 (near Stone Mountain State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway access), this is a fun stop for all ages. Sometimes you can even help feed the baby goats!
This location is approx. 15 minutes north of Elkin and is well worth a stop.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:00-4:00 (Closed Holidays) Always best to call ahead. Store number 336-466-9914.
Frog Holler Cabin Wine Tours
Winery and vineyard tours to guests and anyone from the general public over the age of 21. Upon availability, we offer tours seven days a week from noon-5:00pm. Frog Holler will drive you to the 5 or 6 vineyards of your choice within a 30-mile radius. We will map out the course you want to take and then load up the Hummer H3 or 12-passenger bus for an afternoon of fun at the local wineries. No worries, just leave the driving to us! For more information, go to http:// www.froghollerwinetours.com or call Frog Holler Cabins at 336-526-2661.
Yadkin River Adventures (www.yadkinriveradventures.com) Call Paul at 336-374-5318 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Roaring River Canoes (www.roaringrivercanoe.com) 336-696-6938 / email@example.com
Rocky Forest River Run ( www.rockyforestriverrun.com ) / contact Cindy Combs at 336-469-8652 OR 336-835-3890 .
(Based out of Elkin, minutes from downtown)
Kayaking on the Yadkin River
Elkin offers a camp ground for overnight rest exclusively for paddlers along the Yadkin River. Just call the Elkin Municipal Park office for access to the restroom facilities 336-794-6478.
Also, contact YadkinRiverkeeper.org for their annual event that features a weekend in Elkin complete with 3 days of scheduled paddles....plus time to hang out in historical downtown Elkin & nearby wineries.
Some options for floats in Elkin can include:
1) Start your journey in Ronda for a 3-4 hour float (approx 6.8 miles) back to our boat ramp in Crater Park (or further!)
2) Float from Crater Park in downtown Elkin, to Rocky Forest River Run ramp (2 hrs), the Mitchell River boat ramp (approx. 6 miles or 2 -4 hours) or further to Rockford.
Call our local outfitters for equipment rentals for adults and kids and transportation/pick up too!
Hi Tech Helicopters at the Elkin Airport
Fly a helicopter today! Have you ever wanted to fly in a helicopter but just never had the chance?
Then allow Hi-Tech Helicopters to give you your first sky-high experience. You will be amazed by the awesome view whilst flying free as a bird over the stunning North Carolina landscape. You’ll wonder why it’s taken so long to have a go at this unforgettable experience.
The flight is completely customized to you, you can choose the lengths, where you want to go and what you'll be doing! If you want, you can even take the controls yourself!!
Like it? Learn it! Elkin Municipal Airport is the perfect learning environment! You will not waste money by being instructed to “hold” by Air Traffic Control like at busier controlled airports. Because our airport is uncontrolled and quiet! All instruction will be tailored to you, and will be one-on-one! We offer Private, Commercial and Instructor courses in the Sikorsky S300C.
The 300C is by far the safest training helicopter out there, its safety record far surpasses the R22. It is not bothered by the special Robinson regulations, you will be able to complete your training faster and save money!
Aerial photography Get shots like never before of your property or event! We offer flights with the doors off to accommodate your professional or amateur photography needs.
Hike Elkin's E&A Rail Trail ... for more information on the E&A trail, please click here for pages of info and video.
Our trails offer: Beautiful, scenic well-groomed walking trails
Mountain Bike course Bird watching Trout fishing locations
Picnic tables/ benches Art/sculptures/gong Water/waterfalls
Historic and informational kiosks A stress-free day with nature!
Surry County's Scenic Bikeway
For map of Elkin-Dobson Loop, please go to http://surryscenicbikeway.com/Map/DobsonElkin.pdf
There are two major cycling routes on the Surry Scenic Bikeway from Elkin: Elkin to Lowgap (33 miles) and Elkin to Mt Airy via Dobson (37.9 miles). During the Elkin-Dobson Loop, riders experience the rolling foothills of Surry County which takes cyclists through Historic Downtown Elkin along the Yadkin River, then north to Dobson passing by farmland until you reach the Fisher River Park, the Historic Edwards Franklin House and Mitchell River Gamelands. Ride to the small community of Mountain Park and take a rest at their community park, then head back to Elkin.
Cedarbrook Country Club
If you are an avid golfer or even a novice, you won't want to miss this golf course as it is one of the most beautiful around. It was created by Ellis Maples who was one of the designers of Pinehurst Resort Golf Course. Cedarbrook is a semi-private golf course and is open 7-days a week. They also offer a restaurant that serves lunch daily, Sunday brunch, and Friday night dinners. Non-members are welcome Monday-Friday, and can also play on weekends/holidays if their home zip code is greater than 15 miles away. For more info, please visit http://www.cedarbrookcountryclub.com, or call 336-835-2320.
Cedarbrook is also available for party and wedding
bookings, see photos and more under Planning
Weddings/Parties tab above. For a complete listing of
future events and tournaments, go to the Elkin Event
Calendars tab above.
Friendship Motor Speedway
A 4/10 mile dirt track that has supplied the community and surrounding areas with quality entertainment for 30+ years. A great place for families & friends to spend time together. From Supers to Enduros we have them all. Check out the schedule to see when your favorite division will be making an appearance. Train Races, Bike Races, Halloween Costume Contests, there is something for everyone at Friendship! Located at 11442 NC HWY 268, Elkin. Call (336) 902-7626 or visit their Facebook page or website for more information.
Elkin Municipal Tennis Courts
These eight newly surfaced tennis courts are downtown at the Elkin Municipal Park. There is no charge to play on the courts, and some are lighted for after-dark playing. This is the perfect stop for exercise for residents and visitors alike. There is even a group that meets weekly for year-round tennis (Mon, Wed, Sat from 10 am-12 noon) if you don't have a partner to play with. For further questions about the courts, call the Rec Center at 336-835-9814 for visit the Elkin Rec Center website.
Elkin Municipal Pool
Elkin's public pool is open during the summer months, and offers a variety of features to the community (swim team, public swim, lap swim and more). For hours of operation, go to the Town of Elkin's Municipal Pool page, or call the Elkin Rec Center at 336-835-9814.
Overmountain Victory Trail - 330 Miles of Revolutionary War History
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail travels through VA, TN, NC (yes, parts connect through Elkin) and SC, and traces the route of the patriot militia as they tracked down the British. Eventually the two forces clashed at Kings Mountain, where the patriots won the battle. The trail is under development, but the public can access and hike this path in many places throughout North Carolina. The OMVT website is here. To view park maps, go to the National Parks website by clicking here. There is a over-look of the trail at the Elkin Municipal Park west of the Rec Center on Spring St (Hwy 268 Business). Here is a link for the TRACK Trails for Kids website and trail program in Elkin. http://www.kidsinparks.com/trails/nc/town-of-elkin
For more information go to http://www.ncmst.org/the-trail/plan-your-hike-2/trail-sections/section-19/
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST)
The trail's western endpoint is at Clingman's Dome, where it connects to the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its eastern endpoint is in Jockey's Ridge State Park on the tallest sand dune on the east coast. The trail is envisioned as a scenic backbone of an interconnected trail system spanning the state. This is part of the North Carolina Parks & Recreation Dept.
The MST has chosen Elkin as part of the official trail route, making Elkin a trail town unique to the MST as the trail route travels directly along Main Street and is a great stop to restock and refresh along your journey!
Hikers can lodge at cabins, enjoy wineries, restaurants, showers, RV campground with tent camping...it's all here!
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