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Elkin Creek
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Location of Elkin Creek mouth
Other name(s) Tributary to Yadkin River
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Surry
City Elkin
Physical characteristics
Main source Laurel Branch divide
about 1 mile east-southeast of Roaring Gap, North Carolina
2,670 ft (810 m)
36°23′54″N 080°58′01″W / 36.39833°N 80.96694°W / 36.39833; -80.96694
River mouth Yadkin River
Elkin, North Carolina
878 ft (268 m)
36°14′27″N 080°51′08″W / 36.24083°N 80.85222°W / 36.24083; -80.85222
Length 8.96 mi (14.42 km)
Basin features
Progression southeast
River system Yadkin River
Basin size 36.32 square miles (94.1 km2)
Bridges US 21, N Old Highway 21, Traphill Road, Union Community Road, Wiley Royal Road, Roaring Gap Church Road, Whisper Ridge Lane, Mining Ridge Church Road, Murray Road, Preacher Field Road, Carter Mill Road, CC Camp Road, Elk Spur Street, W Main Street

Elkin Creek is a 3.91 mi (6.29 km) long 4th order tributary to the Yadkin River in Surry and Wilkes Counties, North Carolina. This is the only stream of this name in the United States.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:

  • Big Elkin Creek
  • Elkin River


Elkin Creek rises about 1 mile east-southeast of Roaring Gap in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Elkin Creek then flows southeast into Surry County to join the Yadkin River at Elkin.


Elkin Creek drains 36.32 square miles (94.1 km2) of area, receives about 49.9 in/year of precipitation, has a wetness index of 348.98, and is about 49% forested.

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