The Yadkin Valley of North Carolina is a beautiful place to visit. It’s home to many top-notch attractions for wine lovers and those that enjoy the outdoors! With so many incredible wineries and vineyards, it’s become a great destination for locals and travelers alike. Here are just some of the attractions you should check out during your next trip.
History of the Yadkin Valley AVA
The Yadkin Valley became North Carolina’s first AVA (American Viticultural Area) back in 2003. The area stretches several counties and includes wineries and vineyards from Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, Davidson, Forysth, and Stokes counties. There are 48 wineries in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.
Historic District in Downtown Elkin
Downtown Elkin, NC is known for its charm and independent businesses. It is centrally located in the Yadkin Valley wine region and makes for an excellent stop for lunch and an afternoon perusing all that it has to offer. The town was established in the late 1800’s as a textile mill town. There is plenty to do in downtown Elkin, from a variety of restaurants and coffee shops/bakeries, to quaint shops, murals, local art, and more.
Denton Farm Park
If your trip to the Yadkin Valley is a family-oriented one, consider taking your kids to the Denton Farm Park, a family-owned historical park with 15 restored buildings including a general store, grist mill, church, plantation house, blacksmith shop, and log cabin. A full-size steam train encompasses the park on a 1½ mile track. They also have a campground that accommodates 500 campsites.
Of course, the Yadkin Valley is well-known for its vineyards and wineries. The region offers plenty of amazing wines, tasting rooms, and tours. At RayLen Vineyards, we’re just one of the many wonderful wineries you can find in the region. RayLen Vineyards is nestled in the foothills of Yadkin Valley. Located on more than 100 acres of rolling hills and offering unforgettable views, it is a picture-perfect stop for your visit. Our tasting room is right next to the vines so stop by and enjoy a glass on the patio and take in the peaceful ambiance!
Festivals and Events
When you’re in the heart of a bustling wine region, of course there are wine festivals! Yadkin Valley Wine Festival in Elkin; Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival in downtown Mount Airy; Yadkin Valley Grape Festival in Yadkinville, and the North Carolina Wine Festival in Clemmons. Whichever festival you choose, you’ll discover, taste and enjoy the best wines North Carolina has to offer, including many varieties from local Yadkin Valley wineries.
The Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival is an annual event where, for one day of the year, the entire downtown area of Yadkinville is transformed by celebration. Festivities include activities for the entire family, live music, agricultural displays, food vendors, and more! And, the Center Bistro will be open for business!
Granite City Greenway
Tracing the Ararat River & Lovills Creek, Granite City Greenway forms a 6.6-mile horseshoe around Mt. Airy. The paved route allows for walking, running & cycling. It also includes kayak & canoe launches and trout fishing spots for those who love the water.
Rock Climbing at Pilot Mountain
Rock climbing and rappelling are favorite activities at Pilot Mountain State Park where rocky cliffs offer a challenge to experienced climbers.
Elkin and Alleghany Rail Trail
The Elkin & Alleghany Rail Trail is a two-mile trail (one way) following the old E&A Railroad bed along Big Elkin Creek. The trailhead is at Elkin Municipal Park in the heart of Yadkin Valley, NC.
Hanging Rock State Park
If you’re looking for some outdoor adventure, then check out Hanging Rock State Park. The park offers overnight accommodations with 73 campsites. It also has picnic grounds, a stocked lake for swimming and canoe rentals, and more than 20 miles of hiking trails that climb onto spectacular views and weave alongside clear streams and waterfalls. There is also access on the Dan River for paddling, 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and rock climbing opportunities with permit.
Visit the Yadkin Valley Today!
Yadkin Valley is a region of North Carolina that’s best known for its wineries. It also happens to be home to some really amazing attractions, so if you’re in the area and looking for something to do, we hope you found a few attractions worth visiting! While you’re here, we hope you stop by RayLen Vineyards and enjoy a glass of our award-winning wines on our patio. See you soon!