From there, the journey continues a more gradual descent, over foothills and past farms and forests to the town of Elkin. The flora, fauna, and wildlife also make a noticeable transition. Yellow-pine forests begin to dominate the landscape along fields of corn and tobacco and trellised grapes at wineries. Once a textile powerhouse, Elkin welcomes visitors to explore its downtown as well as its proud history and beautiful setting on the Yadkin River.
From Elkin, the trail heads east, following the Yadkin River, past farms and forests to the historic village of Rockford, the county seat of Surry County from 1789 to 1850. Ahead looms the granite dome of Pilot Mountain, the westernmost peak in the Sauratown Mountain range. This MST segment ends at the start of the Corridor Trail in Pilot Mountain State Park, which in Segment 7 leads hikers toward that peak.
Two of the trail sections in this segment are also open to horses. You can learn about those trail sections by reading the hiking directions in this guide.
Eastbound travelers may choose to complete the eastern half of this segment by paddling the Yadkin from Elkin to Rockford or Pilot Mountain State Park.
This trail segment is “actively under development” by the Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) and local governments that have made completion of the MST a priority. Please contact EVTA to learn how you can get involved.