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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Elkin, North_Carolina

Elkin is a small town of less than 5,000 people that hosts various peaks, from Devils Garden Cliff to the Star Peak Summit. It is located in northwestern North Carolina. It offers a lovely historic downtown district, a river view, and a wine Festival. Elkin is a small town with fantastic cost of living benefits,as well as extensive health care facilities. Elkin is about 45 miles from Winston-Salem, the nearest city.

Where to Retire in Elkin and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value in Elkin was $146,684 in mid-2021.

What Is Special about Elkin

Elkin sits in the middle of  NW North Carolina's wine country and the Yadkin Valley appellation.  Some say it will become the Napa Valley of the East Coast.  Over 25 wineries can be visited from downtown Elkin within 20 minutes - and that number is growing.  Elkin is often compared to nearby Mount Airy,  or "Mayberry" (of the Andy Griffith TV show).  Elkin is a friendly, small town. 

What Is Not Special about Elkin

Elkin's main draw is the small size of the community and peaceful lifestyle, some residents may desire a bit more action, but Winston Salem is only 30 minutes away for more entertainment choices

Climate and Physical Environment

Elkin is tucked in the northwest corner of North Carolina. Settlers were originally attracted here because of the confluence of Big Elkin Creek and Yadkin River running directly through a historic downtown area and park.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Reeves Theater restoration project will provide a performing arts center and cinema. The Tribune is a local newspaper published 3 times a week.  During the 1960's, through the 1980'a  Elkin was a large "cruising" center but police put a stop to that.  Now after more than 20 years, Cruising is back and held once a month during the summer.


The crime rate is high, particularly for a small town.

Medical Facilities

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is in Elkin. Additional hospitals are in other towns within 20 miles


Elkin has a small private and leasure aircraft airport.  The nearest big airports with commercial service are in Greensboro or Charlotte, approximately 1 hour away.

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