Come check out the run/jog/walk/mountain bike trail EVTA volunteers are building on the other side of the Elkin Creek across from the walking bridge on the E & A Rail-Trail in Elkin – thanks to Drs. Adrienne and Charlie Classen and family members.
We could use your help on Saturday, December 5 and December 19. We’ll meet at 8:30 on these Saturdays at the entrance on Hwy 268 Bypass just west of Sheetz. Go about a quarter mile from Bridge Street toward Wilkesboro and turn in on the left. You should see cars parked there awaiting your smiling faces. We hope to get this trail done this fall, winter and spring in anticipation of the new bridge going up in Spring 2016 – thus creating an amazing loop for us all.
The task on these days is simple handwork on a few easy sections but they are important to get completed soon. Please bring a shovel, rake, pruner, handsaw, gloves and clothing appropriate for the weather.
Statewide there is only one place where 3 major trails come together….Elkin! The Mountains to Sea trail and the Yadkin river trail are both state sanctioned. The Over Mountain Victory Trail is a federally sanctioned trail. Elkin Valley Trails Association, through all volunteer efforts and donations, supports all three trails….constructing, maintaining and publicizing. Please join us!
Check out or Trails section to read about trails that are now open or where we have built facilities for public use. Updates will be added as additional sections are completed.
Recent trail work includes trail maintenance jobs such as repairing signs. But there’s new activity going on this summer too. We’ve had lots of new trailblazing activity including the mountain bike course. Bridges at Grassy Creek Winery and the new 180-foot bridge in Elkin are also under way.
6,574 hours. That’s just shy of 274 days. According to Bill Blackley, the EVTA Governing Group Chairperson, those are the hours the organization dedicated to various projects in 2014. It’s quite a list:
• Three Boy Scout Eagle projects
• Six benches
• Three new bridges of 25, 25 and 140-feet
• Two rain shelters
• Viewing deck
• Steel art structure construction
• Middle and high school work days
• Native species planting and grant work
• New trail work
• New signage construction and installation
• Memorial Monument for Fallen Warrior
• Horseback trail construction
• Website upgrade
• Watershed management
• Trout fishing initiation
• Mountain bike planning
• Christmas decorations on trail
• Ebirding with designation of birding hotspot
• Handicap accessibility planning and implementation
• Farmer’s Market booth
• QR coding signs
• Book, hat and shirt sales
• Wellness walk and program with local hospital
• Insane Terrain foot race
• Tour de Vino bike ride
• Vineyard stomps
• Tour de Yadkin
• Elkin Valley Fiddlers Float
• Trails Boogie and Silent Auction
• Duck & Turtle Regatta – partnered with Yadkin Valley Rotary
EVTA business and public relations:
Project management with high school, radio & TV programs
Negotiating new easements, new trails, plus general bushwhacking and hobnobbing
17 presentations (at least)
Coordination of construction donations
Coordination with towns, counties and regional organizations like Piedmont Triad Council of Governments, Yadkin Valley Chamber, Yadkin Valley Rotary, Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor and Overmountain Victory Trail
Constant Contact monthly news blast
Contact with NC National Guard and NC DOT units
Create master plan for Mountains to Sea Trail from Stone Mountain to Pilot Mountain
Shared successes at Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail “Trail Town” symposium
2015 promises to be just as productive. Projects include the 200-foot bridge, new trail and mountain bike course construction and maintenance.
Check out this short video of the first bridge over the Elkin Creek being installed on the E & A Rail Trail/Stone Mountain Trail. Thank, David Ray for capturing the event! Next bridge on the trail being will be installed Summer of 2015!