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Visit Historic downtown Elkin, where you'll find 6 restaurants, a funky urban winery, live music, gourmet goodies from imported chocolates to bakeries, and shops that offer books, ladies wear, Pennsylvania Dutch bulk food items, and more! Also, did you know Elkin is an antique hub with 5 shops filled with treasures from the past?  

In summer, float down the Yadkin River in kayaks, canoes or tubes. We offer access at Crater Park's boat ramp with a campsite for Yadkin River explorers to stop for the night during their journey down the river! Elkin boasts 3 major trails come through the downtown (Overmountain Victory Trail, NC Mountains to Sea Trail, and Yadkin River Trail). A Civil War Marker is located across the street from the library for history buffs. We also have new murals scattered around downtown, which were painted in 2013, some telling the stories of our past.

Plans are underway for a new heritage trails museum downtown at the Smith Phillips building one block south of Main St, and a new banquet facility opened recently, called The Liberty, located on E Main St. Events such as weddings and corporate events can be held for parties up to 550 (seated). It also offers a restaurant and soon, a microbrewery will open.  Check on their website for scheduled live music events.

To see downtown's events for the year, go to www.downtownelkin.com.

Need 12 reasons to come to Elkin's

historic downtown? We've got 'em!

1. The Reeves Theater is being renovated into a 300-seat live music venue scheduled to open in summer 2017!

2. Imported chocolates, coffee shops, and downtown bakeries (on W Main St and on Standard Street)!

3. Car Rallies and Monthly Cruise-Ins on Main Street during summer and fall.

4. Annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival (crafts, antique vendors, car show, quilt show and more!) during the 4th weekend in September along Main Street.  This year (2016) the Big Elkin BeerFest will be after the festival at our Municipal Park, a few blocks away.

5. Fun, fantastic art festivals and gallery openings, plus Kidsfest every summer at the Foothills Arts Council. 

6. Funky microbrewery to explore downtown and 5 other wine tasting rooms only minutes from Main Street. Southern on Main has a full bar, too!

7. Unique dining, pub fare, sports bar, local hangouts, soda shoppes, great food!

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 October. Most weekends also offer live music. (www.elkinfarmersmarket.com) 

9. Free WiFi on Main Street, the Farmers Market and at Crater Park. 

10. Walking tours include murals, architectural features, galleries, and Start with your Heart walking trail.

11. Everything from gift shops and a bookstore, to antiques and more!

12. Fun Christmas Parade and Light Up Night events downtown in December. At the Foothills Arts Council's Open Air Art Market there is a magical event like no other in the region. Elkin's Community Christmas Chorus also performs each December, and there is also an annual Christmas Parade down Main Street 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 2013...to learn more, click here.

Restaurants & more

Dining in Downtown:

1. Southern on Main is the newest restaurant in downtown Elkin offering delicious southern cooking for lunch and dinner.  it is in the old 21 & Main location offering great atmosphere for a special night out.  Reservations are accepted. Full bar and outside covered dining available. Closed Sundays & Mondays.

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. Roxxi and Lulu's Bistro & Bakery opened on Market Street but recently moved and is a restaurant and bakery on Standard Street. Open Tues - Sat, stop in for brunch / lunch entrees (9am to 3pm), yummy sweet treats, baked cookies, cupcakes, cake, sweet rolls, baklava, sonkers, cheesecakes, and specialty coffees or their famous fruit punch made daily. Indoor/outdoor seating. 

6. 222 Public House 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 being cheered on or what band is playing! Located at 222 E Main Street. Beer and wine available. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Lunches Fri - Monday; Dinners Thursday - Monday.

7. Angry Troll Brewing -  This new microbrewery on E Main St will soon become Angry Troll Brewing at 222


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 bigelkinbrewfest.com

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 2016.

8. Christmas is in the air downtown with these various events on Main Street:
Light Up Night (1st Friday)
Open Air Art Market (1st weekend)
Elkin/Jonesville Christmas Parade (2nd weekend)

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 www.nps.gov/owi/

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 5 antique shops along Elkin's Main Street and on S Bridge Street.  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.