Tourism in Elkin & The Yadkin Valley
With so much to do in Elkin and the area, it's no wonder there are so many websites and brochures available on
- What to do: Arts • Music • Outdoors • Shopping • History
- Where to stay: Hotels • Cabins • Vineyards • Camping • Vacation Rentals
- Where to eat: Restaurants • Cafes • Craft Brew Pubs • Coffee Shops • Bakeries
Elkin is nestled in the beautiful Yadkin Valley region of northwestern North Carolina, famous for its rolling hills, a variety of vineyards and wine tasting rooms, hiking trails, fishing, kayaking, and best of all, a relaxing lifestyle. We are a cozy little trail town that celebrates an active outdoor lifestyle.
We are situated in the southwest corner of Surry County along the Yadkin River and the Big Elkin Creek, and are centrally located between Stone Mountain State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park, as well as 20 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so there is plenty to enjoy if you are a resident or a visitor to the area.
This region is an excellent choice for a vacation getaway and a wedding destination, but is also becoming a popular choice for retirees and young families to relocate to. The region offers moderate temperatures during all four seasons, and Elkin is also known for exceptionally clean water and air. Being situated along the Appalachian Mountains' eastern foothills region, surprisingly seems to offer protection from most storm patterns throughout the year.
Elkin is best known for our excellent schools, an award winning hospital, our cozy downtown, and year round events with the Explore Elkin and the Reeves Theater, but anyone can tell you that the people who live here make this area special. Elkin is also an excellent choice for young families to raise a family as the cost of living is very affordable.
If interested in obtaining literature, requesting a visitor packet, learning more about the region, or speaking with the Elkin Tourism Development Authority, please see these links below:
Elkin Tourism Development Authority:
Mission: Support tourism in Elkin
Main Contact: Leslie Schlender, 336-258-8907 or Lschlender@elkinnc.org or,
Facebook: Elkin NC (government) Facebook page;
Tools : General brochures, Paddleways brochure, Trails brochure, tear-off maps, kiosks, promo items
Other Elkin community website:
Facebook page: exploreelkin
Tools: Rack cards, social media, events, festivals, event calendar
Downtown Elkin Business Association:
Mission: Support Downtown merchant’s association
Contact: Tim DeHaan, Yadkin Valley Quilts
Main Street Advisory Board
Mission: Improving downtown by focusing on organizations, design, promotions and businesses, including recruitment, exterior improvements, and historic restoration.
Website: See link on this site to Main Street
Contact: Laura Gaylord, Main Street & Community Manager
Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce:
Mission: Support businesses throughout Elkin and the Yadkin Valley
Contact: Myra Cook, President, 336-526-1111
Tourism Partnership of Surry County:
Mission: Support of tourism initiatives throughout Surry County; Vineyards, Outdoors, Culture
Contact: Jessica Roberts, or in Elkin, Leslie Schlender
Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor:
Contact: Bonnie Lasky
Tools: regional tourism map, wayfinding program, kiosks, trails connectivity, watershed
Mission: map assets and cultural attractions, not business listings
Visit NC (North Carolina official state visitor’s website):
Contact: Misty Matthews @ Yadkin Chamber of Commerce
Event listings, business listings, free and preferred listings