Photo courtesy of Bruce Hunt,  

Visit Historic downtown Elkin, where you'll find 6 restaurants, live music 3 nights a week, gourmet goodies from imported chocolates to bakeries, and shops that offer books, ladies wear, Pennsylvania Dutch bulk food items, and more!  

In summer, float down the Yadkin River in kayaks, canoes or tubes. We offer access at Crater Park's boat ramp with a primitive campsite for Yadkin River explorers to stop for the night during their journey down the river! Elkin boasts 3 major trails through the downtown (Overmountain Victory Trail which is part of the National Park system, NC Mountains to Sea Trail, and Yadkin River Trail). A Civil War Marker is located across the street from the library for history buffs. 

A new heritage trails center called the Yadkin Valley Experience is one block south of Main St, and a gorgeous banquet facility opened, called The Liberty, located on E Main St. Events such as weddings and corporate events can be held for parties up to 500 (seated). It also houses a microbrewery and restaurant. The Reeves Theater showcases live music every weekend for visitors. 

Elkin's historic district has also been a proud member of the North Carolina Main Street Program since April 1998 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (since 2000). 

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Elkin is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Need 12 reasons to come to Elkin's

historic downtown? We've got 'em!

1. The Reeves Theater has been newly renovated and can seat up to 290 people! Live music or classic movies every weekend! Tuesday night is a free Open Mic Night with fantastic local talent.

2. Imported chocolates, coffee shops, and downtown bakeries.

3. Car Rallies and Monthly Cruise-Ins on Main Street May through October.

4. Annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival (crafts, antique vendors, car show, quilt show and more!) during the 4th weekend in September along Main Street.  

5. Explore Elkin's FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS and LIVE MUSIC AT THE MARKET events occur monthly at our Farmers Market shelter from May to October (excluding July). They also schedule a monthly block party on Main Street!

6. Angry Troll Brewery & Restaurant offers a tasting room below (open Fri - Sun).  Fiddles Pub (at West end of Main Street) serves up Guinness on tap. Southern on Main has a full bar and sometimes offers late night Karaoke or live music. The November Room offers exotic wine drinks (and coffee bar), and local wine sold by the bottle, or to go! The Reeves Theater has a beer/wine bar open during events (Tues, Fri & Sat nights). More locations for night life to open soon! Plus Elkin has 5 other wine tasting rooms and one microbrewery 3-8 minutes from downtown! 

7. Unique dining, pub fare, sports bar, farm-to-table, local hangouts, soul food, soda shoppes, great food! Many locations offer outdoor seating. Some open on Sundays, too!

8. Every Saturday morning 9 am-noon the Elkin Farmers Market is open for business and is located at the Elkin Town Hall parking lot,  from mid-April to end of November. Most weekends also offer live music. Learn more here

9. Free Downtown WiFi along Main Street, at the Farmers Market and at Crater Park (kayak boat ramp). 

10. Walking tours downtown include murals, architectural features, galleries, history markers, OVT & MST trails, literary quotes, and Start with your Heart walking trails.

11. Dog friendly restaurants (Southern on Main,  Fiddles Pub), and microbrewery (Angry Troll) with outdoor seating. Doggie waste bags are also stationed around downtown for dog walkers, and some locations have dog water bowls set outside.  Downtown events are dog friendly too! 

12.  Holiday Art Market & Light up Elkin is scheduled the first weekend of December. Elkin's Community Christmas Chorus also performs each December, and there is also an annual Christmas Parade down Main Street on the 2nd Sunday in December!

Elkin's Main Street was awarded by the American Planning Association (APA-NC) as North Carolina's "Great Main Street in the Making" for learn more, click here.

Restaurants & more

Dining in Downtown:

1. Southern on Main offers delicious southern cooking for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch and offers an more upscale atmosphere for a special night out.  Reservations are accepted. Full bar and outside covered dining available. Open 7 days a week, and their 2nd floor bar is open on Saturday evenings for a fun, cozy hangout with a view!

2. Royall's Soda Shoppe- Local old-fashioned diner serving lunches & ice cream treats. Wide variety on their menu and reasonably priced.  Hot soups in winter. Closed on Sundays. Now open till 4pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and even later during special events on Main St.

3. Fiddles Pub- Pub fare and pizza for lunch and dinner. Guinness on tap. Hours vary throughout the week.  Beer and wine available. Indoor /outdoor seating.  Owner also runs Blue Ridge Chocolates next door if you need to purchase chocolates, and the shop is closed. Beer/wine. 

4. Harry's Place- Long time local's favorite serving lunches during the week, and dinner on Wednesday and weekend nights. Local dishes, veggies plates, burgers, and dinner menu includes steaks and crab legs. Closed on Sundays. Beer and wine available. 

5. Angry Troll Brewing at Two-Twenty-Two is a family sports bar/ restaurant located in an newly renovated "Liberty" building, a historical tobacco warehouse. It offers 11 + big screen TV's and finger foods, and stone fired pizzas. Open late till 11 pm or later, depending on which game is on TV or what band is playing! Located at 222 E Main Street. Beer and wine available. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Lunches Fri - Monday; Dinners Thursday - Monday.

6. Angry Troll Brewing offers a tasting room in the basement level of Angry Troll Brewing that is only open Fridays 5pm to 8pm and Saturdays noon to 8pm. Cozy atmosphere and flights of beer. You can take your food order from the restaurant down to the tasting room as well. 

7.  Nana's Family Restaurant is the newest downtown restaurant to open in January 2019! They serve country cooking and plate dishes.  Open every day for breakfast and lunch, starting at 6 am, except on Sunday's at 11 am.  

8.  The Reeves Theater not only offers live music shows every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, they also have a cafe and bar. The cafe serves farm-to-table menu items that change weekly. They also offer seating indoors or outside under the marquee. 

Coffee Shops: 

9. Barking Coyote Farm Store has a variety of items fresh baked using items from their farm. Brewed coffee is also offered to go. Located on W Main St, but will be relocating in downtown on S Bridge St, behind Comb's Butcher Shop in 2019.  

10. Dirty Joe's Coffee specializes in coffee and espresso drinks (hot, cold, frozen) and special teas and Chai,  all made to order, but also offers fresh baked items. Has indoor/outdoor seating and a nice view. Located on E Market St. 

11. Diana's Books & More offers a coffee bar with a variety of coffee options, both hot and cold. Limited seating is available. Located on W Main St. No food. 

12. The November Room is the newest place to hangout on East Main Street (and shop!) with a specialty coffee or wine drink! Plenty of seating to relax with friends, and they are open later during summer hours and for fun crafting classes all year long.  

Festivals and Downtown Events

This fabulous wine festival is held the 3rd Saturday in May and located at the Elkin Municipal Park, which is at the west end of the downtown area. This festival is famous for featuring approximately three dozen wineries with live music, food vendors, and lots of room to relax under shade trees with friends. This is an all day event sponsored by the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce. Click here for official website.

2. Cruise! on Main Street 
Cruise-Ins have returned to Elkin! 2012 was the first year Historic Downtown Elkin brought back this nostalgic event, that offers hundreds of fabulous cars on display, as well as those cruising along Main Street. These events are held April through August in the summer, one Saturday each month with fun and friendly crowds. This year, instead of a Cruise In for September, downtown Elkin will hold a car show during the Pumpkin Festival.  Click here.

3. Yadkin Riverkeeper's "A Weekend in the Village of Elkin"- This event is held in mid-June. Yadkin River Paddlers enjoy a weekend in downtown Elkin with lots of events, food, paddles to vineyards, and live music to enjoy. Click here to learn more.

Held on Main Street, this family-friendly festival showcases the largest pumpkins, watermelons, and gourds around. Contests are held beginning with a weigh-off early in the day. The festival continues with live music, dancing, food and craft vendors, antique vendors, fun for the kids (bouncy houses, slides and bungees), and so much more. This is an all day event till 5pm. There is also an antique festival and a car show downtown at the same time. Held the 4th Saturday in September. 

This year, the Big Elkin Brewfest will be held at the municipal park in the afternoon into the evening after the Pumpkin Festival. It will offer local NC microbreweries, food trucks and live music. Learn more at

The Arts Council is a hub of excitement with monthly events all year long. Gallery openings with live music, food and wine are a great way to meet new friends if new to the area. They also offer two large events each year. Kidsfest is held in August, and the Open Air Art Market is a 2-day event in early December. They also provide theater and poetry events, as well as offer weekly after-school art classes, and a Masterpiece Party painting class for adults on a quarterly basis.

6. Farmers Market is featured every Saturday from mid-April until the end of October. Hours are 9 am till noon. Click here for website and event schedule for live music or chef demos.  In 2015, the market opened with a brand new shelter made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Stop by and discover this wonderful community event!

Years ago, the Reeves Theater was once the hot spot for Elkin residents. Purchased in 2014 by local residents, plans are in the making to restore the facade back to its original grandeur and make the Reeves Theater a hub for local art and music events, along with a cafe. Estimated opening date, Fall 2017.

8. Check out Explore Elkin for numerous events in downtown, including Downtown Block parties, Food Truck Fridays, and Live Music at the Market (Friday nights). Their FB page offers more details.  Click here

9. Christmas is in the air downtown with these various events on Main Street:
  • Light Up Elkin (1st Friday in December)
  • Holiday Art Market (1st weekend in December)
  • Elkin/Jonesville Christmas Parade (2nd weekend in December)
  • Community Chorus, 2nd Sunday in Advent.
9. Murals are scattered throughout the downtown and each one is unique!  Pick up an Elkin Walking Tour brochures to find the murals and all of the other attractions listed. 

Parks, Trails and Scenery

1. EVTA (Elkin Valley Trails Association)-is a local group of volunteers responsible for efforts linking trails from Elkin's Municipal Park to Stone Mountain State Park. Once completed, this trail will continue through downtown Elkin then eventually traverse along the Yadkin River, heading towards Pilot Mountain and will be the official route for the NC Mountains to Sea Trail.

2. Yadkin River Trail-  a 125 mile long river trail that is mostly flat, with class I ripples and a few class II areas perfect for kayak or canoe. It begins at the W Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkes County and meanders through Elkin towards Winston-Salem. Elkin access is located at Crater Park. Call ahead to Elkin Rec & Parks for access to bathrooms if you are a paddler and wish to camp here during your journey down the river. 336-794-6478. Join the Tour de Yadkin each summer if you don't want to paddle alone! Elkin is supported by 3 outfitters in the area. 

3. Overmountain Victory Trail- is part of the National Trails System administered by the National Park Service. The muster-field located at 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, ending near the Wilkes County line. There is an exhibit near (just west of) the Elkin Recreation Center overlooking the park.  For more info, go to

4. North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail- begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains, goes through downtown Elkin, then continues towards the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Learn  more

5. Elkin Municipal Park- begins at the west end of downtown towards the west end of Market Street, along Big Elkin Creek. It offers, a rec center, pool, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball field, walking trails, and a kids playground area, and access to trails and an amphitheater. Is also the location of the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, Big Elkin Brewfest,  and Elkin Fiddlers by the River events each year.

6. Crater Park-  Love kayaking? This park has a boat ramp for kayaks/canoes along with a camping area exclusively for Yadkin River paddlers.  If interested in camping for the night, contact Elkin's Municipal Park in advance for camping and restroom access. There are 3 local outfitters that can offer you equipment for rent and / or transportation for a minimal cost, and floats are from 2 hours to 6 hours, depending where you launch from. 

Crater Park also offers a kids playground next to the ball field, open to the public. 

7. Waterfall by the library- Enjoy a beautiful view of the dam from inside the library or walk across across the bridge on West Main Street for views along the Elkin section of the Overmountain Victory Trail, right next to the historic Episcopal Church. This location is also featured on a WXII weather cam!

8. Heart Smart walking trails- Look for the plaques embedded in the sidewalks of Main Street and Market Street to help you gauge the distance you are walking while enjoying downtown strolls. 

9. Antique Hub Crawl- Visit 4 antique shops in Elkin's downtown.  You'll also find more antique shops in nearby towns (State Road and Jonesville). Stop in at any Elkin antique store for more information and maps to all nearby locations. 

10. Historical Architecture Walk- Stop at the Town Hall or Chamber of Commerce for a brochure and map of the downtown buildings and learn about their history. 

11. Literary Walk- Elkin will soon have literary quotes sprinkled throughout the downtown buildings, which will make for a fun literary treasure hunt. Look for this to be completed by the end of 2015, but for now there are 6 quotes to search for!

12. Civil War Marker- Located across the street from the Elkin Library, on W Main Street. Pull over in the nearby parking lot and catch up on our fun historical facts and learn how Elkin's charming forefathers saved the Town from ruin!

13. Marker for Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge- Located on E Market Street where the bridge previously reached from Elkin to Jonesville over the Yadkin River, this informative marker honors Elkin's famous bridge and beloved landmark, which was torn down in 2012 by the DOT. 

14. Daniel Boone Trails marker- Located on the corner of N Bridge St and W Market St, in the corner lot. This marker was scheduled to be installed decades ago, but finally found its home with the help of generous local donors and the vision of the EVTA group. Learn more.

15. Hollywood Cemetery is Elkin's oldest cemetery, 4 blocks blocks north of Main Street. Take a walk into the past and look at beautiful headstones where Elkin's founding family members have been buried since the 1870's. Today it is a town- managed cemetery.