Elkin trails through town... Hiking, biking, paddling, bird watching... we have it all!
Elkin has a beautiful, historic downtown with various trails flowing along and through it.
- For a list of Elkin Trail Markers from downtown toward the municipal park heading to Stone Mountain State Park, please click here.
- For a list of trails, parks and historical markers in downtown Elkin, please click here.
This photo to the right is of Elkin's trail system that begins in Elkin's Municipal Park near the Hwy 268 overpass. The trail starts behind the Rec Center and continues up Big Elkin Creek...and was groomed by the amazing volunteers from the Elkin Valley Trails Association.
- Cyclist, use the entrance that says OPEN.
- Hikers, choose the entrance that says CLOSED, so you can head in the direction against bike traffic. You will see them coming and can get out of their way easier.
Cycling in / around Elkin:
Five beautiful bike rides in the heart of Yadkin Valley Wine country during the Tour de Vino in May each year:
1. 31 mile loop south through Swan Creek area vineyards with rolling terrain and a few strenuous hills
2. 50 mile loop north through Mountain Park area vineyards with rolling terrain and numerous strenuous hills and one mountain.
3. 71 miles east and north of Elkin passing numerous vineyards, rolling terrain with a number of strenuous hills.
4. 100 miles north, south and east with rolling terrain and numerous strenuous hills. 7,000 feet of climbing.
5. Elkin's own hiking trail (starting at the Rec Center) leads to a 4-mile mountain bike trail (mountain bike use recommended), but you can use trail bikes along the town hiking trails, as bicycles are permitted. This is a smooth, flat path for families to enjoy with a 10-foot width.
Go to: http://yvtdv.com/theRide.html for details and maps of each ride.
Surry Scenic Bikeways:
Ride in the rolling foothills of the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. The bikeway can be accessed in downtown Elkin and takes you along a journey throughout Surry County with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along rolling hillsides. Choose 5 different looped routes totaling over 500 miles! For more information and a route map, go to surryscenicbikeway.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-999-8390.
Paddling on the Yadkin River
Yadkin River Trail
The Yadkin River Trail is a Blueway Trail. A blueway or water trail is a water path or trail that is developed with launch points, camping locations and points of interest for canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers. Blueways are typically developed by state, county or local municipalities to encourage recreation, ecological education and preservation of wildlife resources.
The Yadkin River is designated as a State Blueway Trail and including High Rock Lake, Tuckertown Reservoir and Lake Tillery, with a connected series of river access points from Wilkes County to Montgomery County.
In the Elkin area there are river access points at Ronda in Wilkes County, downtown Elkin, Mitchell River and at Rockford in Surry County, and in Yadkin County, Shoals, Donnaha, Huntsville and Shore accesses. The Elkin access is at Crater Park with camping and facilities available. There is easy access to Elkin's Main Street with restaurants, post office, library (with internet) and resupply.
Here are a few options you might try next time you paddle in Elkin:
Paddle shuttle and outfitter services:
Elkin is proud to be a part of two great trail systems, the historic Overmountain Victory Trail and the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail (see maps above). Please scan below for more information on these trails.