North Carolina Trail Days

Join us for the annual NC Trail Days, a multi-day festival celebrating the great outdoors, the NC Mountains to Sea Trail and our local trails with activities and adventures all weekend! The Festival will be held every first weekend in June in the small Trail Town of Elkin NC located in the western Foothills in the Yadkin Valley wine region of North Carolina.

Bring your bikes, boats, and boots and enjoy the weekend with trail lovers from all over on our many trails in and around Elkin. We'll have plenty of other things for you to do during the festival weekend...guided hikes, adventure film night, low-country boil and tons of free live music, a Trail Days Gathering, outdoor-oriented exhibitors and non-profits, kid's events, guest speakers, food trucks/beer garden on Main Street, mountain bike clinics, demos and rentals...see "Event Schedule" for more!

Elkin, NC, United States
From June 1 to
June 4, 2023
4 days
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Complementary: Outdoor Activities, Gastronomy, Music, Talks, Exhibitions
Organizer type: Association
(336) 515-0458


North Carolina Trail Days

3 Great Trails, 2 State Parks and 1 Great Town!


Elkin is at the confluence of three great trails...the NC Mountains to Sea Trail, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and the Yadkin River Paddle Trail. Our small town is also located between two State Parks...Stone Mountain and Pilot Mountain. Tying it all together is the Yadkin River, which flows through the heart of our downtown. In addition, in our area, you'll find a Yadkin Valley/Surry Wine Trail, Elkin & Alleghany Rail Trail, Surry Scenic Bikeway, first-class mountain bike trails, a birding trail, and the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Oh, and of course...the Surry Sonker trail and so much more!

NC Trail Days is Elkin's way of celebrating our beautiful Foothills region, our network of trails and our great community spirit. Welcome...all trails lead to Elkin!

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Elkin, NC, United States


North Carolina Trail Days

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes! We are dog friendly. Elkin and Jonesville require that dogs be on a leash in the town limits. And we ask that you have your dog on a leash at all festival activities and events. Please check the requirements at local State Parks and other venues if you need to.

How do I get around the festival to all the events?

Elkin is a very walkable town and you'll find it pretty easy to get from one event area to another. You are encouraged to bring your mountain bike if you prefer to zip around.

Primary Event Venues around Downtown Elkin:
Elkin Municipal Park: 399 Highway 268 West
Elkin Main Street
Heritage & Trails Visitor Center: 257 Standard Street
Foothills Arts Council: 129 Church Street
Reeves Theater: 129 West Main Street

Jonesville Greenway: access on Plaza Street (off Hwy 67) in Jonesville

Where should I find parking?

You can find street parking in downtown Elkin and side streets as well as at several town parking lots (look for the purple signs with a "P" for parking); there is also downtown parking at the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center on Standard Street, Elkin Farmer's Market at the corner of Business 21 and Market Street, at Municipal Park in Elkin and at Elkin High School on Elk Spur Street and at Elkin Elementary School on Church Street (both are a short walk to downtown Elkin). In Jonesville, there is parking at the Greenway trail head on Plaza Street and at the parking lot beside Dollar General.

Where can I get a water fill up?

NC Trail Days encourages all visitors to bring a refillable water bottle so that we can limit the use of single use plastic. We will have free water stations on Main Street in Elkin and a water fountain for fill up at the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center.

Where do I find a place to camp?

In addition to the many hotels, cabins and private rentals, there are several private campgrounds and two State Parks in and around Elkin. Please visit the Accommodations page on this website for some informational links to campgrounds in and around Elkin.

Is NC Trail Days a FREE festival?

Yes, you can attend the festival for FREE! and most of the events are FREE! A few of the events do require registration and an entry fee, and you can find that info on the Event Schedule page of this website.

Where can I eat during the festival?

Elkin and Jonesville have so many restaurant options to choose from! You can find a great list of Elkin restaurants here. There will also be multiple food trucks throughout the weekend! Check out our Facebook, for more specific details on food trucks and where to find them throughout your weekend in Elkin. 

Will beer and wine be available?

Yes, in designated areas only and if you are of proper age and with ID. You cannot bring your own alcohol to any festival events. You may purchase beer and wine at the Downtown Block Party on Friday night, on Saturday in the beer garden on Main Street.

You can also enjoy a cold beverage at several local restaurants and pubs. Check out Explore Elkin for a full list!  

Where can I find maps and festival schedules and other info?

Check out the information tables at the Heritage and Trails Visitors Center (our festival hub!) for anything and everything you might need! 

Lost and Found

Please check the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center for lost and found items (257 Standard Street, Elkin; phone number: 336-526-1111); Visitor Center hours are: 9am-8pm Friday, 8am- 7:30pm Saturday, and Noon to 3pm on Sunday.