When: Saturday, October 18 2014
The ribbon cutting will be immediately after the Insane Terrain 5k awards ceremony – approximately 10:15 a.m.
Where: Elkin Municipal Park, Hwy 268
Join us for Insane Terrain and then stay and celebrate this milestone on the greater Stone Mounain Trail!
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!
EVTA is so happy to share that we will have the pedestrian bridge over the Elkin Creek near Elkin Municipal Park installed any day now! The bridge is on site and work is progressing. Thanks to Charles Fletcher who donated several blueberry bushes that were planted by volunteers near the bridge site. The area has been hydroseeded and will be further landscaped when all construction work is done. Soon we will all be walking on the E&A Rail Trail! Stay tuned for a grand opening and community celebration.
The Elkin Valley Trails Assn. has been designated as the Task Force for building the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) in this area. We’re developing a “Masterplan” for the MST from Stone Mountain State Park through Elkin/Jonesville to Pilot Mountain State Park in coordination with a Regional Health Department grant, Destination by Design and the State Trails Division. If you are interested in learning about this plan, would like to be a part or contribute ideas please join us at the Elkin Center, on North Bridge in Elkin, March 20, 2014,from 6:30 to 8:30. We hope to gain input from folks from the entire region from Stone Mt./Elkin/Jonesville/Pilot Mountain. We’ll have food and beverage :)
Please join in an EVTA conversation and efforts to create an in-town cycling network of trails as well as single-track mountain biking loops…
EVTA is happy to announce that, in partnership with the Town of Elkin, we have awarded
the contract for the installation of our first pedestrian footbridge across the
Elkin Creek on the E & A Rail Trail. The bridge has been built and delivered and
plans are to begin construction on the bridge approaches this week. Once that is
done, installation of the bridge will begin. Weather permitting, we’ll all be walking
across the Elkin Creek this Spring. Stay tuned for a big community celebration!
Many supporters, making small and large donations, have made this segment of trail
happen. This will open up access to a hiking and biking trail heading north of town
towards our goal of Stone Mountain State Park, and connecting with the NC Mountains-to-Sea
Trail. Segments of trail north of the Town of Elkin will be hike and horse friendly.