Discover the Outdoors in Wilkesboro, NC

Many outdoor amenities grace Wilkes County

By Laura Hill on June 29, 2014 at 6:00 am EST
The W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir in Wilkesboro, NC

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett

Wilkes County provides plenty of room to roam outdoors for residents and visitors, and several natural attractions add to the community's quality of life.

Yadkin River Greenway

Along the Yadkin River Greenway, a new half-mile section of outdoor trail has been added that extends from the Yadkin River Bridge and heads downstream to where Cub Creek enters the Yadkin River. The trail extension features an asphalt surface and passes by the old Wilkes Central High football practice field. City officials have plans to extend the greenway even more in the near future, from the mouth of Cub Creek to Wilkesboro’s Cub Creek Park. Yadkin River Greenway is for walkers, joggers and bicyclists.

Hiking, Biking and Picnicking

If you want a good workout with a scenic view, head to Stone Mountain State Park. Activities can include trail hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding or just kicking back at a lazy picnic. Also offering a premium place to picnic is Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest, which has several family-friendly educational programs.

Camping and Fishing

Good fishing opportunities exist in Wilkes County for rainbow, speckled and brown trout. Fly fishing spots are abundant from Stone Mountain Creek to the Reddies River, Roaring River, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and dozens of creeks and streams. Camping sites are also easy to find, including Stone Mountain's campgrounds for backpackers as well as a variety of well-equipped tent sites and RV campsites such as Bandits Roost campground at Kerr Reservoir.

An annual Kids Fishing Day occurs every second Saturday in April and every third Saturday in October at Cub Creek Park, with the fishing taking place from 9 a.m.-noon. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by adults, and anyone ages 16 and older can fish after the youngsters finish at noon. The creek is stocked prior to the event, and no fishing is allowed once the event day is over.

Water Activities & More

W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir has a range of activities from water sports to hunting, and even an annual presentation of a play about local legend Tom Dooley at its outdoor amphitheater. The reservoir welcomes 700,000 guests annually for water activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing and kayaking. The 1,475-acre lake has 55 miles of shoreline, seven boat launches and a marina.

Nature Retreat

A scenic retreat with a variety of outdoor amenities is Leatherwood Mountains Resort in Ferguson, providing luxury vacations amid the Blue Ridge Mountains' lush forestland. Attractions include private upscale cabins, horseback riding, a swimming pool, children's playground, stocked trout streams, tubing, a restaurant and a bar. There are also miles of hiking trails.

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