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Themed Hikes

*NEW* MST Segment 6 Thru-Hike & Paddle

If you are looking to section hike (and/or paddle) the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail, here is your chance to complete most of section 6!

*Note that the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed at the western terminus of this segment at Devils Garden Overlook, leaving out approximately 12 miles. The best logistical access point is inside Stone Mountain State Park where the hike begins on Thursday morning (Stone Mountain Country Store)*


Starting on Thursday: Stone Mountain Country Store to Wells Knob for overnight camping

                                        (9.3 miles, Moderate/Difficult) 

Friday: trek to Elkin and enjoy evening festivities in downtown (camp at Crater Park)

                                   (13.5 miles, Moderate/Difficult) 

Saturday: paddle the Yadkin River from Elkin to Burch Station 

                                   (6 miles - on either trail or river, Moderate)

Sunday: paddle the Yadkin River from Burch Station to Yadkin Shore

                                   (5 miles, easy/moderate)


There is some road walk during the hike portion. Some shuttles and meals are available.  If you are interested in all or part of our hike/paddle, check out the 2024 Schedule and please email your interest in or questions to:


Waterfalls Discovery

Visit several of the major waterfalls along the MST. Includes Widows Creek Falls, Stone Mountain Falls, Middle Falls and Lower Falls.
Total hike approximately 4 miles, 2 hours. Easy/moderate. Friday 1-3 PM
Meet @ Upper Stone Mountain trailhead parking lot in Stone Mountain State Park.

Forest BAthing & Healing

In Elkin, Learn and experience the Japanese custom of Shinrin-Yoku along the forest bathing trail. In Jonesville, take some time to meditate along the forested banks of the Yadkin River.
Total hike approximately 2 miles, 2 hours. Easy.

Friday 9 - 11AM: Meet at Jonesville Greenway TrailheadPlaza St., Jonesville

Friday 9 - 11AM: Meet at Grassy Creek Vineyard tasting room: 235 Chatham Cottage Ln., Elkin

Sunday 10AM - 12 PmMeet at Grassy Creek Vineyard tasting room

Waterfalls & Watercolors 

Enjoy one of the area's best vistas at the base of Carter Falls along with the chance to replicate it with your very own artistic skill. Bring your pack, and paint supplies (colors, brushes, etc.) will be provided for the experience.

Total hike about 1 mile, easy/moderate (temporary moderate/strenuous for Falls access)

Friday 1PM - 4PM.

Meet at the Carter Falls Trailhead

Moonshine stills

Visit some of the stills of Stone Mountain and learn about the cat and mouse game between revenuers and the moonshiners in this region. 
Much of this hike is off trail. 2 miles, 2 hours. Moderate/Difficult.

Saturday 9AM - 11AM AND Sunday 10AM - 12noon
Meet in the parking area at Garden Creek Church in Stone Mountain State Park.

Yoga on the Mountain 

Join Yoga on Main and Friends of Stone Mountain State Park on a group yoga outing on the face of Wolf Rock for a sunset(ish) hike, or at the Hutchinson Homestead for a morning yoga hike at the base of Stone Mountain.

Approximately 2.5 and 1.5 miles, 2 hours. Wolf Rock is moderate/harder, Hutchinson Homestead is easy/moderate.

Thursday 5PM - 7PM. AND Friday 9AM - 11PM

Meet at Lower Stone Mountain Trailhead Parking Lot for both.

Naturalist Hikes

Bring your binoculars, field guides, and phones! Explore some of the area's best birding, wildflower and wildlife hotspots with the help of local naturalist experts.

Distance Varies, 2 hours Easy.

Friday 8:00 - 10:00 AMMeet at Jonesville Greenway Trailhead: 116 Plaza St., Jonesville

Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Meet at Isaac's Trailhead: 400 E. Carter Mill Rd., Elkin

Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 AM: Meet at Yadkin River Access @ Chatham Park: 599 E. Main St., Elkin

Lightening Bug Night Walk

Learn about bioluminescence and other nocturnal characteristics of our Yadkin River ecosystem in this first-of-its-kind hike.

 1.5 miles, 1-1.5 hours Easy.

Thursday 9:00 - 10:00 PM

Meet at Jonesville Greenway Trailhead: 116 Plaza St., Jonesville

Dog Walk n' Hike

Exactly as it sounds! Take a stroll with your companion (leashed please), meet others, and enjoy the scenic and historical Elkin & Alleghany Rail Trail along the Big Elkin Creek.

 1.5 - 2 miles, 1 hour Easy.

Friday 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Meet at Elkin & Alleghany Rail Trailhead: Elkin Recreation Center parking lot

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