Learn About / Visitor Info
What is there to do in Elkin?
Whether you are moving to Elkin or just visiting, start your research by visiting these websites that offer information on events, hotels, shopping and more:
Start with: ExploreElkin.com or visit Explore Elkin on Facebook.
Other Visitor quick links:
- Winery Hopper to various local wineries near Elkin (we have over 40 within 20 minutes of downtown. Learn more at https://www.elkinvineline.com/
- Trail Maps https://elkinvalleytrails.org/our-area-trails/maps/
- This page lists outfitters in the area for kayak rentals on the Yadkin River/river access located in downtown Elkin/Crater Park: https://elkinvalleytrails.org/yadkin-river-blue-water-trail/
- Reeves Music Theater books live bands every weekend http://www.reevestheater.com/ . They also offer open mic night (Wednesdays) and open jam sessions (Thursdays). The Reeves is also planning to open the Downtown School of Music in 2022.
- Explore Elkin Itinerary ideas help you plan your stay: https://www.exploreelkin.com/events
- Places to stay https://www.exploreelkin.com/lodging . We also have one Bed & Breakfast near downtown.
- The newly relocated Foothills Arts Center, which also includes the FOOTHILLS FIBER SCHOOL, all types of cultural arts, artist studios, and community theater will be expanding with big plans for the future! Learn more here https://www.foothillsarts.org/ .
Elkin Asset Chart
Click here to see a chart of Town of Elkin assets and quality of life benefits.
Historic Properties owned by the Town of Elkin:
Hollywood Cemetery is located at 451 N Bridge Street, and is on the National Register of Historic Places along with Elkin's downtown and a few surrounding neighborhoods. In 1897, Thomas Lenior Gwyn and his wife Amelia sold nearly 6 1/2 acres to the Town of Elkin for this town cemetery, located on the northwest side of what was then the "old State Road to Virginia", now N Bridge Street. The first known mention of Hollywood Cemetery came in 1897 newspaper announcing that a monument had been erected at the grave of a Gwyn family member, Carrie Gwyn Smith, but other Gwyn family members had been buried in the cemetery since the 1870's.
- Click on this link for further cemetery information: https://elkin.recdesk.com/Community/Page?pageId=5707
- Click on this link for a 2015 Tribune article about the cemetery: https://www.elkintribune.com/news/1991/digging-up-cemetery-history
Richard Gwyn Museum - The Richard Gwyn Museum is owned by the Town, but managed by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is located in downtown on Church Street, next to the Foothills Arts Council (FAC). You can explore the museum during operational hours of the FAC, as they can open the facility for you Wednesday - Saturday from noon till 6pm. The building is the oldest building in Surry County that was used as a school or church and is filled with local history and artifacts. Public parking is available on site. Free to public, donation suggested.
Active Civic & Major Interest Groups:
- Elkin Lion's Club, try https://www.facebook.com/Elkin-Lions-Club-980250422046847/
- Elkin Masonic Lodge, visit https://www.facebook.com/Elkin-Masonic-Lodge-1462583010721463/
- The Yadkin Valley Rotary Club information can be found at http://www.yadkinvalleyrotary.org/. Facebook link here.
- The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, located in downtown Elkin, go to http://www.yadkinvalley.org/. This includes information on the wineries, festivals, calendar of events, and business directories of Yadkin Valley... great for people who are moving into the area because they have a "Newcomers" section as well.
- Youth outdoor activities, community service and camping trips for your children begin with scouting:
- For Elkin BSA Troop 648, go to their web page at http://www.elkintroop648.org/index.php. They meet at First United Methodist Church, at the scout hut on Monday evenings. Other troops are in the surrounding communities.
- For Elkin GSA Troop, please provide us with your contact information for the girls in the community.
- Watershed NOW is a community group that focuses on clean water education for future generation. Learn more at watershednownc.com.
- Elkin Valley Trails Association consists of volunteers who love the outdoors and enjoy creating beautiful hiking and biking trails in Elkin and beyond. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at their EVTA website. They are currently grooming off-road trails from downtown Elkin to Stone Mountain State Park, and downtown Elkin towards Pilot Mountain State Park. You can also learn about more trail information by clicking here.
Urban Archery Season within Town Limits
The Town of Elkin does participate in urban archery deer hunting season, which is typically mid-January to mid-February each year. For more information, please visit the Police Department's page on Urban Archery by clicking here.
Public Meeting Law - downloadable links:
- North Carolina Statutes Article 33 - Meetings of Public Bodies
- UNC School of Government Open Meetings Law
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