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Appalachian Mural Trail includes Elkin downtown murals

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Thursday, June 8, 2017, In : Downtown Elkin 
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2017/06/05/historic-murals-added-appalachian-mural-trail/371649001/

Elkin will now be on the mural trail that include numerous other towns along the Appalachian mountains. Being closest to the Hwy 21 exit off of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Elkin is only a 25 minute drive towards lodging, great restaurants, town trails and shopping. Our historic downtown offers 6 murals and 2 ghost murals, but 4 are featured on the mural trail website. 
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Friend of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Annual Conference to be held in Elkin!

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Monday, March 6, 2017, In : Elkin Trails News 
https://mountainstoseatrail.org/mst40th/

March 24-26 (2017) this 40th anniversary celebration of the MST will be held in here in Elkin, North Carolina!  We are expecting 300 members from around North Carolina to join us for a 3-day weekend, filled with conference events, and Elkin has also put together a number of fun and exciting events and tours that are scheduled all weekend long!  

Offering wine tours, trail tours, an art/music/wine crawl in downtown Saturday night, free music event a Grass...
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Surry Sonker Trail Adds new Downtown Elkin Restaurant

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, In : Media about Elkin 

ELKIN, N.C. – The Surry Sonker Trail now has eight stops serving the county’s popular local dessert. Southern On Main recently joined the trail after opening in July in downtown Elkin.

 When Marla Stern, chef and owner of Southern On Main, learned about Surry County’s signature sonker, she called her mother to consult on a recipe. Stern grew up on a farm in Foscoe in Watauga County, and each summer her family canned and froze blueberries. That tradition led Stern to create a blueberry ...


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Latest article on Elkin Trails!

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Friday, July 22, 2016, In : Media about Elkin 
https://getawaysforgrownups.com/hike-elkin-north-carolina/

Travel writers have the best job. This article is about Elkin's trails and why they are wonderful for everyone to use, including older tourists... I'd say Elkin is a great place to retire not only because of the friendly residents, but for the fantastic amenities we offer!
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Learn about Elkin's healthy living!!

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Saturday, July 16, 2016, In : Elkin Trails News 

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Great Article - Elkin the Next Great Trail Town

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Monday, February 1, 2016, In : Elkin Trails News 

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Smith Phillips property to be developed into Trails & Heritage Visitor Center

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Monday, January 11, 2016, In : Town of Elkin News 
From Tribune article:

Between Christmas and New Year’s holidays, work began on an Elkin downtown property where the former Smith Phillips lumber yard had been located.

Elkin town commissioners voted to approve monies to be spent towards the redevelopment of the property at 257 Standard St. during the 2015-16 fiscal year budgeting process. This phase of construction, about $370,000, will entail selective demolition and items such as asbestos and hazardous materials removal. It also will includ...


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Elkin Trails offer a fabulous walk filled with beautiful scenery

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Sunday, May 18, 2014, In : Elkin Trails News 

Elkin's trails are now open for enjoying walks along Big Elkin Creek. The Elkin Valley Trails Association has been working hard to get these trails open to the pubic. Last Friday, a new bridge was installed to carry hikers over Big Elkin Creek and extend the trail closer to their goal.  You can start at Elkin's Municipal Park and walk along this trail up to a gong which you can ring to sound to the world, you have conquered the trail. 

This is one fun and fabulous feature of the trail, and uni...
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Elkin Biking, Cycling, takes shape!

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Thursday, December 12, 2013, In : Elkin Trails News 
If you are interested in learning about or helping with cycling in Elkin, whether it be attending planning meetings, charting the paths along the roadways, or working on mountain bike trails, there is a way to stay connected with locals who are working towards a bike friendly town that you might want to be a part of!

Go to facebook page "Cycle Elkin" and there you will find updates and ways to be a part of the team. Like the page and you'll get updates as the trails progress! 
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UNC-TV North Carolina Now features Elkin NC

Posted by Town of Elkin c/o Economic Development Dept on Monday, September 30, 2013, In : Elkin Trails News 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:30pm

  • Elkin Trails--Heather Burgiss travels to Elkin to bring us the latest on the town's trail system.  The Overmountain Victory Trail is a part of the National Trails System administered by the National Park Service. The muster-field located at the Elkin Municipal Park was an original gathering place for patriots who fought against the British in the Revolutionary War.  The Elkin portion of the trail is approximately 3 miles in length ending near the Wilkes County ...

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EVTA shows progress on trails!

Posted by Town of Elkin c/o Economic Development Dept on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Elkin Trails News 
Here are some photos from along the portion of trails being installed and groomed in the Wells Knob area. One day soon, we hope to be hiking and horseback riding along this portion!







Can't wait for the day the trails are ready!!
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A Tale of Three Trails, by Bob Hillyer

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Sunday, January 6, 2013, In : Elkin Trails News 
         Three trails meet in Elkin offering the once vibrant textile town an opportunity to re-invent itself as the premier “trail town” in North Carolina.  These trails offer a “quality of life” that many new internet-companies are seeking.  These companies and their employees are not tied to traditional manufacturing needs but rather want small town values and access to outdoor activities which these three trails can provide.
          The Mountains to the Sea trail begins on the Te...

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Elkin is now an official Trail Town!

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, In : Elkin Trails News 

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) is a long-distance trail, for hiking and  backpacking, that runs across North Carolina from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. 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 th...


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TRACK Trails for Kids at Elkin Municipal Park

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, In : Community Events 

The TRACK Trail Ribbon-Cutting was last weekend at the Elkin Municipal Park. Everyone gathered behind the tennis courts at the gazebo to celebrate the beginning of this new program in Elkin for children. Each TRACK Trail has a series of brochure-led self-guided adventures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. This program is to inspired kids to get off the couch and get outside to explore the world around them.  For more information, go to the website for the trails h...
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Interested in being a Revolutionary War re-enactor for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail?

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Thursday, April 12, 2012, In : Elkin residents make news 

Elkin is the eastern trailhead that was included as a part of the victorious campaign to the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. The Wilkes-Surry Chapter of the Overmountain Victory Trail Assoc is keeping the story alive through education, preservation and interpretation. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities from re-enacting to grant writing. For more information, please contact RG Absher, Chapter President, at 336-902-1760 or absher-r@juno.com.


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Elkin Valley Trails Association made the news!!

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Elkin residents make news 
http://www.ncrailtrails.org/littletoot/WINTER2012.PDF

Read this article in the North Carolina Rail-Trail newsletter about Elkin's goals and accomplishments, complete with photos and a history of how this project got started!

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Elkin Valley Trails showing signs of progress....

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Downtown Elkin 

Here is a view into Crater Park area where the Elkin Valley Trails Association has made progress on the walking paths that will go along the Yadkin River and beyond!  
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Elkin Valley Trails Association forging ahead!

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Future plans for Elkin 

Trout streams, suspension bridges, mountain-bike tracts, horse trails, walking trails, plus parks and campgrounds near the Yadkin River...is this all a dream? Well, it did start as one, but now the Elkin Valley Trails Association is trying to make all of this a reality for Elkin, and the process has begun! Many volunteers, along with grant money and donations, have been the driving force as the trails are slowly being cleared for this huge undertaking. What they need most, is support from int...
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Elkin Valley Trails Association hard at work!

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, In : Elkin History 

photo taken from EVTA website

Elkin Valley Trails Association is hard at work making Elkin a hub of activity and excitement! There are big plans for 2012 with meetings, trail workdays and eventually trails you can enjoy along the Overmountain Victory Trail and the Yadkin River.... and they are also planning for a campsite at Crater Park for rafters who will be conquering the Mighty Muddy Yadkin, all to improve the community's quality of life for residents and tourists alike! 

The Mission: "To w...
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Looking for Mountain Bike Enthusiasts

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Future plans for Elkin 

Julian Charles is looking for ways to get information, input, and conversation about a future mountain bike trail in Elkin. The EVTA has asked him to put together a single-track mountain bike section, and he is trying to find interested bikers. He has created a Facebook page for those of you to contact and comment on, called Elkin MTB. Here is the link:

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Elkin Valley Trails Association

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : Future plans for Elkin 

Old postcard of West Elkin and Jonesville from EVTA

If you aren't aware yet, the Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) has a fantastic vision for future trails in Elkin, along the Yadkin River and a section of Crater Park. The EVTA has been given the OK by Elkin's Board of Commissioners to begin the process which would create paths for cyclists and hikers along the Yakin River (Elkin's side) and a camping area at Crater Park specifically for canoe and kayak enthusiasts who wish to stop and ma...
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Elkin Trails by Bob Hillyer

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Sunday, August 21, 2011,
Elkin is an important trail head for three trails which total over fourteen hundred miles.  The Mountains to the Sea Trail and the Over Mountain Victory Trail are hiking trails.  The Yadkin River Trail is a "bluewater" trail.

The Mountains to the Sea Trail stretches from Clingman's Dome on the Tennessee border in the Great Smoky Mountians to Jockey's Ridge on the Atlantic Ocean.  Once complete, it will approach a thousand miles in length.  Currently, the western section is complete to Stone Mo...

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