“The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Harriet Ann Jacobs 

Springtime in the High Country is met with much anticipation—temps are ideal as the landscape comes alive with the sweetness of wildflowers. All around, lush greens emerge as migratory birds make their way to the Blue Ridge mountains. Elk River Club members look forward to longer days and a return to cherished pastimes. In today’s blog, we’re sharing some Elk River Club spring highlights for horse lovers, nature enthusiasts, those ready to play their first round of 2024 on our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and more. 

Spring Blooms and Beloved Birds
Over the next several months, spring blossoms enliven the changing landscape. You’ll likely spot dogwoods and redbuds, dwarf iris, buttercups, pinxter flower, and Solomon’s seal, among others. The beloved Iris appears in clusters with its elegant shape and three petals in purples, yellows, and apricots.

As for our feathered friends, migratory birds mentioned on the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area website include the horned lark, snowy egret, bald and golden eagle, sandhill crane, black-billed cuckoo, olive-sided flycatcher, and even the peregrine falcon (on mountain cliffs). 

Spring Rides & Our Equestrian Center

For riders, spring means easier-to-navigate trails, less mud, and faster clean-up! The grass is ready for galloping and horse and rider are feeling lighter and brighter. Our meticulously designed Equestrian Center is sought-after for its space for riding, exploration, and relaxation. Our rings and our covered arena are ideal for training, and our member’s lounge provides the comfort and companionship you crave after a full day. 

Trekking Happy Trails

Thanks to the kindness of Ed & Dotti Shelton, our members savor their time on our “Happy Trails” on Summit Forest Way, adjacent to Elk River Parkway. This nearly 100-acre paradise is home to Boundary Trail (1.2 miles), Summit View Trail (0.5 miles), and Meadows Loop (0.3 miles). Explore the dedicated horse trails and wrap up your playtime with their trail that leads back towards the stables. 

Springtime Play on Jack Nicklaus’ First Signature Golf Course in the State

Winter dreams of spring golf come true as you meet your friends on the course at long last! The challenging play and coveted views found here make for memorable rounds. In a 2005 letter, Jack Nicklaus recounts: “This unique property has allowed us to create a truly dynamic golf course with varying golf strategies that are enjoyable for members yet challenging enough for world-class tournament play.” 

Spring Rhythms
Members treasure their spring routines, which may include walks to Riverside and Robbins Parks, playing doubles on our Har-Tru courts, pickleball sessions, catch and release fly fishing, lunch or dinner at the Clubhouse, seasonal events in nearby towns, and the list of possibilities grows!