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.

See You on the E & A Rail Trail…NOW OPEN!

EVTA and the Town of Elkin are happy to welcome you to take a walk or bike on a new segment
of the E & A Rail Trail/Stone Mountain Trail, and invite you to linger awhile on
our new pedestrian foot bridge across the Elkin Creek! Thanks to generous donations
of time, money, labor and excitement we can now get to the other side of the creek
and onward towards our goal of Stone Mountain. This segment of trail is about a
mile long (starting from the Municipal Park in Elkin) at this time in its development.
You can enjoy a beautiful walk along the Elkin Creek and will discover some of Elkin’s
treasures that you might not have seen before. EVTA is an affiliate member of NC Rail-Trails, Inc. (www.ncrailtrails.org), and the E & A Rail Trail is on the rail bed of the historic Elkin & Alleghany railroad. We will soon be installing interactive interpretive signs along the trail that allow you to learn about the history of the railroad and its importance to Elkin’s history.

The next step in trail development is another pedestrian footbridge similar to the
current one where the trail now ends. EVTA is submitting grants that could help with the design
and construction of this two-year bridge project. In the meantime, a single-track
mountain bike/hiking trail is in development that will connect with the main trail.
Stay tuned as we announce new projects and open sections of horse trail this year
in the Wells Knob area of Wilkes County. We’ll also keep you posted about trail
workdays and other events!