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2019 YADKIN RIVERKEEPER TOUR: Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery (6.8 miles)

  • Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery 170 Heritage Vines Way Elkin, NC, 28621 United States (map)
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EVENT DATE: August 3, 2019


Registration closes on August 1, 2019.

This paddle takes you through downtown Elkin, one of North Carolina’s most beautiful small towns that is reinventing itself as a recreational trail hub. The paddle will begin at Crater Park and end at the confluence of the Yadkin and the Mitchell Rivers. Food, wine, kombucha, beer and live music await you at Carolina Heritage Vineyards and Winery, the only USDA-certified organic winery in the state.

The Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery paddle is one of the most popular of the year!   

This year’s major TOUR sponsors are Great Outdoor Provision Co and Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate. Supporting sponsors include Ilderton, Piedmont Triad Regional Council Bob Pate Memorial Fund for the Yadkin River, Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, High Rock Outfitters, Foothills Brewing and Waterkeeper Alliance.


Paddlers with their own boats are charged a fee per person per day to cover insurance, shuttle, processing fees and entry to post-paddle events. If you have paid your Yadkin Riverkeeper Membership Fee ($35), the paddling fee is discounted. There are discounted fees for volunteer to help with event logistics.

Don’t have a canoe or kayak? Yadkin Riverkeeper has negotiated preferred rates for kayak rental. Rental charges are in addition to your entry fee.


This is a 3 hour paddle.

Registration opens at 11AM at Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, 170 Heritage Vines Way, (on Highway 268 - 3 miles east of Elkin, NC), Elkin, NC 28621.

Paddle starts at 12PM.

Party starts at 3PM.


Volunteer on LAND: 11-12:30PM You will help with parking, registration or loading boats onto trailers. If you volunteer during this time, you will be able to paddle for discounted rates (boat rental fees apply).

Volunteer on WATER: 12-4:30P. You will be assigned a group of 10-15 paddlers to guide down the river. You must be an advanced paddler, very good swimmer and be familiar with boat safety and first aid. We will call to check your qualifications prior to the paddle. If you volunteer during this time, you will be able to paddle for discounted rates (boat rental fees apply).

Volunteer to DRIVE SHUTTLES: 11A-12:30P. You will drive 12-person shuttle vans. These vehicles drive just like a car. Drivers require a valid NC driver's license. You will be able to paddle for discounted rates (boat rental fees apply).

Come to the Post-Paddle Party: The post-paddle party is from 3-7PM.

Note: Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's) are REQUIRED for all paddlers. PFD's are included in your kayak or canoe rental; however, if you are supplying your own boat, please bring a PFD. All paddlers are required to sign a waiver; if you have a minor child, the waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Disclaimer: All Yadkin Riverkeeper Paddle Trips are subject to change. Times and availability are flexible due to weather, flood gauges, and other circumstances beyond our control. Please allow extra time based on river conditions. All ending times are estimates. Yadkin Riverkeeper Paddles are alcohol-free. Please keep in mind that paddle trips average 3 miles per hour once on the water.

Questions: Contact Katie Wilder, 336-722-4949,