Duck and Turtle Regatta

Join us on September 26, 2015 – at the end of the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival

The regatta on the Elkin Creek begins at the Elk Spur Street Bridge above the Elkin Public Library and finishes just below the library near the West Main Street bridge. As the Pumpkin Festival finale, the ducks and turtles will be launched at approximately 5:00 pm. They’ll float down Elkin Creek and over the library dam. The top 20 fastest will be matched to the list of names, winners identified and notified by phone in a few days.


  • 10.5’ Kayak from Yadkin River Adventures
  • 3 Walmart Bikes for age and size
  • Gift cards from:
    • 5 restaurants
    • Yadkin General Store
    • Elkin Parks & Recreation Gym
    • Larson Pottery
    • Elkin Creek & Round Peak Wine tastings
    • Combs Produce
    • Tweetsie Railroad
    • 4 NC Zoo Tickets

Cost is $5 each for a duck or a turtle and can be purchased at the Elkin Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 9- 12.   Proceeds go to Elkin Valley Trails Association and Yadkin Valley Rotary Club.

Ducky & Turtle copy


Trail Work Continues

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.

Check back for dates on upcoming work days. trail work dayTrail Sign by Rythm on Main

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


• 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.