Elkin Valley Trails Association
The Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) works to build trails and greenways in the Elkin area to preserve history promote health and wellness and provide economic opportunities. Their goal working through the NC Rail Trails is to connect with trails that link Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin counties along with those that link with the rest of North Carolina.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is an effort to link over 1,000 miles of trail from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the North Carolina outer banks.
North Carolina Birding Trail
The North Carolina Birding Trail is a driving trail linking bird watching sites and birders to tourism attractions and educational activities. The trail is divided into coastal plain, piedmont, and mountain regions.
North Carolina Civil War Trail
The North Carolina Civil War Trail is a driving trail of events that unfolded from coastal sites to western skirmishes. The Yadkin Valley features Civil War sites relating to Union General George Stoneman who came raiding—known as Stoneman’s Raide—through the area destroying Confederate infrastructure in his path.
Surry Scenic Byway
This 513-mile bike route passes through the Yadkin Valley countryside in Surry County. The bike route passes by wineries, historic sites, parks, and other recreational opportunities. There are eight routes to choose from with parking facilities and signage along the way.
Yadkin River Paddle Trail
The Yadkin River Paddle Trail runs for 141 miles and begins at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir and ends at High Rock Lake. The Yadkin River Keeper provides downloadable paddle trail maps, including the Yadkin Valley section in that leads from Wilkesboro to High Rock Lake.
Yadkin Valley Trails and Outdoor Fun
The Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor (YVHC) contains a great variety of trails and greenway systems throughout the four-county region. From world-class mountain biking trails at W. Kerr Scott Lake to scenic greenways and to river trails and trails that connect Federal and State and municipal parks throughout the region, there are many opportunities to get outdoors and explore. The Yadkin River State Canoe Trail also provides opportunities to explore paddling and river-based recreation. The YVHC contains trails within the larger trail systems including the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Some of the trails and greenway systems are easily reached as they pass through urban areas and city parks.
The purpose of this web-based map is to provide an introduction to the region’s vast trails and trail systems. You will find web links and information here so that you can obtain more detailed trail information at the various sites. As the corridor trail systems add new sections, we will update this site and keep adding more and more trails as new sections and trail connectors become available.
We urge you to go outside and connect with the natural resources and the recreational aminities that the trails offer. Whether it’s a quiet hike in a State park or a breathtaking bike ride down a rollercoaster mountain bike trail, we invite you enjoy the wonderful trails of the YVHC!
And as we develop this site, be sure to contact us with any questions or suggestions for improving the trail guide in the future.
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