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Explore the best rated trails in Elkin, NC, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail and Mayo River Rail Trail . With more than 24 trails covering 172 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

New River Trail State Park

Rough surface for trike riders but very rewarding

June, 2024 by lprosner

The surface of the New River Trail should not be described as “crushed stone.” This is factually incorrect. I rode the entire trail from end-to-end and back again over three days in mid-June 2024. The first 20 or so miles from Dora Junction (Pulaski) toward Lone Ash consist mostly of a wide grassy median with a narrow dirt track on either side. This is fine for bicycles in dry weather but those of us who ride recumbent tricycles are forced to ride with at least one wheel on the grass, which makes for a tortuous slow and bumpy ride. Some sections are indeed smooth crushed stone, such as the 5.5 mile spur from Fries Junction to the town of Fries which is the best maintained section of the trail, perhaps because Fries attracts tourists and more cyclists than other parts of the trail. The first part of the 12 miles from Fries Junction up to Galax is very rough and rocky but the trail improves toward the end. Nonetheless most of this section would best be described as coarse gravel, not crushed stone, and the gravel is quite soft in places. Parts of the trail from Foster Falls to Ivanhoe and from Ivanhoe to Fries Junction also have a grass median, but other parts are gravel or crushed stone. The surface for the first few miles on either side of Foster Falls is well maintained but deteriorates the further one rides away from the park headquarters. Cyclists would benefit from a more accurate description of trail surface conditions.

Boone Greenway Trail

FYI Watauga HS head entrance to the Greenway will be closed from mid June to September 2024

June, 2024 by rkellyshopping

Repairs are being made to the creek and collapsing asphalt. So the Greenway doesn’t go all the way through.

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

Fun for all

May, 2024 by harmobm2

The is a fun trail but you need to be careful going on and off the bridges. Not rode bike friendly. Well worth the Hall of Fame statue.


Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

By far my favorite trial

May, 2024 by tayyarahdavidson

Beautiful scenery, great hangout spots along the river, mostly downhill.

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

Still a favorite trail despite tree barrier

May, 2024 by bsnicholson63

Rode an out and back from Damascus to ABD Trailhead. Trail was in great shape except for a large oak tree blocking the entire trail at approx the 6.75 mile point from ABD. A challenging social path has formed on the river side of the trail. The smart move is to just turn around and ride back the way you came. We weren’t that wise today so we bushwhacked around the tree and did our out and back. The trail surface was in great shape and obvious trail maintenance is keeping the “Creeper Trail” at its “creepy” best. At least the stretch we rode today.

City Walk

Really cool ride through downtown Hickory. You can ride from 1 bike shop to another but you have to cross a busy road to do it.

May, 2024 by bilpedigo

Really cool ride through downtown Hickory. You can ride from 1 bike shop to another but you have to cross a busy road to do it.

Salem Lake Trail

Nice trail

May, 2024 by janskinj

Circumvent the Salem Lake in 7 miles. Small section is asphalt and majority is packed dirt/gravel. Several sections of erosions and tree debris along with horse droppings. However, more eroded sections have been repaired. Lots of rolling hills and 2 steeper climbs with hairpin turns. Tough bike riding on weekends due to Lake’s popularity. Great balance of sun and shade with welcome lake breezes. Plenty of parking. Option to mountain bike on Jesus Trail or at the Dojo. If erosion was non existent-this would be a 5 star trail especially week days. One of our area favorites

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

Loved Abingdon to Damascus

March, 2024 by dh676x6zw2

I am training for the Virginia Creeper Marathon https://www.creepermarathon.org/ on 4/7/24 and love this section of the trail. It is through woods and farmland, along a river, and over more than a dozen trestles. There are good parking and restroom facilities along this route. Looking forward to the marathon!

Salem Lake Trail

Needs repairs

February, 2024 by deb.calhoun5

We usually ride this multiple times a week. Went last week and boy does it need some work all around the lake. Lots of wash outs and gullies that make it difficult to ride.

Salem Creek Greenway

Great ride

February, 2024 by deb.calhoun5

We take this ride multiple times a week, when the weather is good. Only problem is Marketplace Shopping Center now has posted many signs that only parking is for shoppers in mall and you will be towed. We are now parking at Washington Park.

Salem Lake Trail

Good trail through the woods around the lake

November, 2023 by sandrawitherspoon

Been biking and walking there many times. Good shady trail in the woods around the lake. Pretty crowded on weekends in nice weather. The trail is sandy/dirt and there are some roots/ washout at some places. Decently wide enough to pass someone. I've seen bikers, walkers, runners, dogs and an assortment of scooters and one wheel bikes. I believe it also doubles as bridle trail or at least it used to. Some hills but not too bad except for the ones right at the parking end of the lake. Glad for my e-bike on those. You can join up right from the trail to the Salem Greenway and skirt by town- although it is not as clean or safe in my opinion.

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

I have biked and hiked this entire trail. Very scenic and much to see. Can be VERY busy during the weekends.

November, 2023 by wayne.walkjr

I have biked and hiked this entire trail. Very scenic and much to see. Can be VERY busy during the weekends.

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