Elkin offers a variety of outdoor enjoyment!
When Trails are Your Thing...If you are looking for a quality lifestyle where you can walk on trails, ride your bikes, enjoying paddling on a river without the 4-hour drive to the water, Elkin might be the place for you! Many move to Elkin because of the connection to the outdoors, clean water, clean air, and lots of things to do outside year-round.
Check out this article titled "Discover Elkin, North Carolina's Next Great Trail Town". Click here.
Check out the Activities page on Explore Elkin for our outdoor options! Click here.
Elkin trails will eventually be linked to Stone Mountain State Park with approximately 24 miles of off-road trails, and the Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) is also currently grooming trails from Elkin to Pilot Mountain State Park.
Elkin is on the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail route. Here is a link to the MST Segment 6 portion that takes hikers thru Elkin and onto Main Street https://mountainstoseatrail.org/segment/6/ . And, if you are interested in joining their trails meet-up group, you'll find more information here www.meetup.com/MSTsegment6/.
Link to these pages for information on our trails in town and in the region:
NC Trail Days
Stone Mountain State Park
Pilot Mountain State Park
Western North Carolina Magazine feature on MST, Elkin and EVTA (2019)
Kayak / Canoe
Elkin is situated along the Yadkin River, and has river access in downtown's Crater Park, so many here enjoy kayaking and canoeing throughout the year with 5 local outfitters to assist with rentals or transportation needs.
To rent equipment, see Explore Elkin's listing for river outfitters here