JOIN US FOR A STONE MOUNTAIN THRU-HIKE!

Join us on May 23-24 for an overnight hike of the Mountains to the Sea trail from Stone Mountain to Elkin. Details are still developing but it will entail two days of hiking – about 12 miles each day. Meals, shuttle service, camping and t-shirts will be available.

You’ll be able to see the trail in the “initial development stages” – meaning there will be walking on paved and gravel roads as well as wooded trails that aren’t entirely finished.

Complete and return the following forms: 

  1. Thru Hike Signup (contains mailing and contact information)
  2. RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY
  3. Pledge Sheet EVTA 

Space is limited so please respond quickly!

 

Mark Your Calendars

Don’t miss our 5th annual Trails Boogie fundraiser for the Elkin Valley Trails Association!

When – Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 5:30 – 9:00. Social hour at 5:30. Music starts at 7:00

Where – The Liberty in downtown Elkin

How much? – FREE admission – but donations welcome!

The evening includes:

  • Silent auction
  • Dancing and jiving to jump blues and swing music by Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel Tones
  • BBQ dinner and cold beverages will be availableDougDenbandphoto2014nologo

Make Stone Mountain State Park the Best State Park in the USA – Vote Now!

Our beloved Stone Mountain State Park is currently #11 in the voting for USA Today’s Reader’s Poll of Best State Park in the United States. The poll ends at midnight March 14th. You can vote more than once, so let’s show some love for this wonderful spot right in our own backyard.

Vote Here and Now:

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-state-park/stone-mountain-state-park-n-c/share/

Snowy Trails

Updated with round two of 2015 snow days.

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Workday Scheduled for March 14

The next Elkin Valley Trails Association workday on the E & A Rail-Trail in Elkin Municipal Park is March 14, 2015.  We’ll start at 9 AM at the Train Sculpture in Elkin Municipal Park and work until noon.  Stay for a little while or for the whole time.

Bring gloves, mattocks, rakes, shovels or pruners if you have them. We’ll have a number of rakes and shovels available.

Please consider marking your calendar and joining others to improve the trail for the rest of 2015. Plans include:

• Smoothing out the trail for better wheelchair and stroller access
• Repairing washed areas
• Adding a new train sculpture
• Adding historical signage and the E & A Rail-Trail entry sign
• Diverting water where it washes the trail
• Preparing for extending trails
• Planting a native species garden
• Installing a 200-foot bridge
• Building a mountain bike course

Hope to see you there!

2014 EVTA Recap

Our New Bridge!
Our New Bridge!

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:

Work projects:

• 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

Events:

• 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:

  • Meetings
  • Grant applications
  • 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
  • Mailing fundraiser
  • 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.