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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


• 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.

Stone Mountain Trail Workday: Friday January 16

Happy New Year and lets dig a new trail section!

January 16th, Friday at 9:30 am we will meet at the Southern end of the Grassy Creek section of the EVTA trail. This is located West 1/2 mile from the intersection light of Highway 21 and Poplar Springs Road (North of Elkin, between State Road and Elkin). Directions are to drive North on I-77, across the Yadkin River. Take the next left turn off for Highway 21 North. You will go by the exit for CC Camp road and go on to the next light which is the intersection mentioned above. Turn left and follow the road to Brookfall Dairy Road (straight through the next light. You will travel a little over a 1/2 mile (past the old Wall-Mart Store) to just beyond the address on a mailbox 330 Brookfall Dairy Road. Park along the road, but off the road! The section starts on the right hand side of the road going into the woods across from an tobacco field. We will meet there at 9:15 am and go into the woods at 9:30 am (North a 1 1/2 Mile).

The plan is to work through lunch into the middle of the afternoon, so bring a lunch or snack, gloves, safety glasses and water! I’ll bring the EVTA trail building tools, but shovels, hoes, rakes, axes (for use in dirt) are the tools of the day. We will be putting a foot bed(mile in length) in this section where a rough cut was done last Fall. This a near level area, so there will be very little deep digging. We need to clear off the “duff”, top soil and get to the sub-soil or mineral soil, for 30″ wide foot bed.

Email me if you can make it or call my cell phone 336-467-1606

There will be another day in February on a weekend, I will email in early February. If anyone had a EVTA fire rake from the Late Fall work day on Wells Knob when the culverts were installed, I would like to have it back so it can be sharpened and prepared for 2015 trail work.


Herb MacDonald

Trail Development

Captain Mark Garner Will Be Honored at November 11 Ceremony

Captain Mark Garner to be Honored with Naming and Dedication of Overmountain Victory Trail… VFW Post 7794 Ceremony is on Veteran’s Day, November 11

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7794 of Elkin recognizes Mark Garner, a local area Afghanistan War Casualty with the changing of its post’s name and the dedication of a local trail in his honor. The National Veterans of Foreign Wars approved the renaming of Post 7794 to the CAPTAIN MARK GARNER Post in September 2014 and the Town of Elkin approved a request to name a section of trail within Elkin Municipal Park in his honor at the October 6th Town Board Meeting. Captain Mark Garner, United States Army, was raised in State Road, North Carolina and graduated from Elkin High School. He furthered his education at the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his commission upon graduation. Following various military assignments he was ultimately assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. Captain Garner, 30, died July 6, 2009, in Argandab District, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. At the time of his death he was traveling in a convoy of U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists. Captain Garner was buried with full military honors at Hollywood Cemetery in Elkin on July 18, 2009. Captain Garner will be honored on Veterans Day 2014 with the naming and dedication of a section of trail in Elkin Municipal Park. This section of trail is part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail that runs from Elkin to Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. This section of trail will eventually be a section of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea trail as well. A prominent marker honoring Captain Garner will be placed along the trail. During the same ceremony, VFW Post 7794 will unveil the new Post charter honoring “Captain Mark Garner.” The program is scheduled for 11 am on Tuesday, November 11th in Elkin Municipal Park. For additional information regarding this release, please contact Post Quartermaster Sam Bishop at (336) 366-9751 or email at