New at Trails Boogie ’15 – Your Donation Could Win a Bahamas Vacation!


Raffle Tickets Are Available at the Elkin Farmer’s Market each Saturday between now and the Trails Boogie on June 4.  EVTA volunteers will be selling raffle tickets for a Bahamas vacation for two at Carriearl Boutique Resort in Great Harbour…

  • 4 night stay for 2 adults
  • All inclusive: 3 meals per day; open bar for the entire stay, one 1/2 day boat tour.
  • Airfare for two to and from Great Harbour flying out of Charlotte.

Raffle tickets are $50 each and can be purchased the night of the Trails Boogie on June 4 as well as from any EVTA Governing Board member and at the Elkin Farmer’s Market in the Elkin Town Hall parking lot on Saturdays.

Can you imagine – just for supporting trail building – winning a chance to spend four nights at a boutique hotel in the Bahamas? All donations to EVTA are tax deductible and every dollar goes into trail building, program development and maintenance. We are an all-volunteer affiliate of NC Rail-Trails, Inc.; join us and be a part of a unique opportunity to boost our economy and promote the common good.

We’ll see you at the fifth annual Trails Boogie – a fundraiser and celebration on Thursday, June 4 at the Liberty in downtown Elkin. The festivities begin right after work at 5:30 pm with social hour, cold beverages and a BBQ dinner available from Liberty Catering. Then Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel Tones crank it up at 7 pm with their high energy swing/jump blues dance music. Bring your friends (admission is FREE) and enjoy this fun evening while helping support EVTA and its efforts to engage the community with trail building and trail activities. Visit the EVTA information tables to get updated on trial building efforts and how you can help. You can make a tax-deductible donation in any amount to EVTA at the door.

A huge THANK YOU to our Trails Boogie sponsors this year:

Gold – United Water              Silver – Walmart

Thanks for your support!


Help Needed for Tour de Vino

We need two volunteers for the Tour de Vino this weekend, Saturday, May 16th.

  • One volunteer is needed at RagApple Lassie Vineyard from 9 – 11 am.
  • One volunteer is needed at Surry Drug from 8:45 am – 2:15 pm.

Email Bill Blackley ( if you are able to help. He will connect you with Rob Libbert or Richard Smith for the details.

Take a friend with you and make new friends too.  Also you’ll get to meet the really cool people riding the Tour de Vino. The ride helps raise money for the EVTA. This is a great way you can help build trails.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Trail Work Day, Saturday, May 2

The next EVTA trail work day is Saturday, May 2 on the Grassy Creek section.

We’ll meet at 8:30 am and work until noon or beyond if you want to individually.  Meet at the trail crossing, which is west of the old Walmart, north of Elkin on Business 21/Bridge Street (the current Ingles shopping center), about a half a mile behind the old Walmart store on Brookfall Dairy Road.

We’ll continue to build the trail from where we left off in March. EVTA will provide some trail-building tools, but personal rakes, shovels or hoes are welcome if you can bring them. Gloves, water and lunch are also good items to bring for yourselves.


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)
  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

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