ELKIN — A new kayak, canoe and tube rental outfitter called Rocky Forest River Run has opened up just outside of Elkin. The outfitter is located on Rocky Forest Trail just off of route 268.
“We have lived on the river for a long time now and we’ve fallen in love with kayaking,” said Cindy Combs, owner of Rocky Forest River Run. “We decided that we might as well try to start something for the community and let everybody else enjoy it since we live on the river. You get addicted very quickly to this.”
Guests can either enjoy a two-hour journey or a full day on the river. There are several trips to choose from, with short trips starting at Crater-Park in downtown Elkin and ending near the Rocky Roest River Run shop. People who want to take a longer trip can start at Ronda for a full day on the river.
Floaters and paddlers can watch out for birds, geese and ducks along the way. Fishermen are encouraged to bring their rods and floaters can explore shoals along the river’s shores. According to the Rocky Forest River Run website, the Yadkin River is classified as a class one river, meaning it is gentle with a calm flowing current, giving people a great opportunity to relax. The River Run is open Friday afternoons and on Saturday and Sunday. All boaters are expected to return by 6:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday and 30 minutes prior to sunset during Twilight Runs. A shuttle service is also provided. Trip rates vary depending on the length of the trip and whether somebody is using a tube, a canoe, or a kayak.
Combs and her husband Mark Combs both hope that the business will start to pick up as the summer months roll in. The weather has not been too kind to them lately.
“This is our first season and we love it so far. Love it love it love it,” said Cindy Combs. “Hopefully the weather will break. The weather’s not been great to start out with. We’ve had so much rain but hopefully the rain will break. We hope to bring more tourists into Elkin with our business. I love the water and the outdoors, and this is the best of both worlds.”
While a lot of the outfitter’s customers have come from the local area, the River Run has also served people from outside the area. About two weeks ago a couple from Charlotte went tubing down the river after a morning hike at Pilot Mountain.
“We didn’t even know we were going to do this today,” said Lee Denis and Chelsey Calloway from Charlotte. “We came out here at first to go hiking and next thing we know we were driving around to find something to do that was not packed with people because of Memorial Day Weekend. You can’t go wrong with tubing. We were actually kind of surprised when they said they just opened this season. They have some nice equipment.”
Cindy believes that the outfitter will give residents something new to do during the summer months.
“Elkin doesn’t have a lot to do, especially for the kids,” said Cindy Combs. “For many kids, such as ours when he was growing up with all his friends, there’s nothing here to do. This will give good clean fun for kids, teenagers, and middle-aged people alike. It’s something that most all ages can do and that’s the neat thing about it.”
Rocky Forest River Run may be reached at 336-469-8652 or by email at [email protected] You can also visit their website at rockyforestriverrun.com for more information and to leave a message at any time.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058 or at [email protected]