The Key Note - A Town Blog and Podcast
Wild, Wonderful Wilkes
August 2, 2021 - You and your squad could easily spend a week in Wilkes getting in touch with your wild side, because no matter what part of the county you're in, you're are always a stone's throw from great outdoor adventures.
Begin by connecting with nature on the Yadkin River Greenway, a seven and half mile trail connecting Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro. It's great for walkers, runners, bikers, razor riders and stroller pushers a like. The greenway also leads to shopping and dining in downtown Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro, a designated NC Main to Main Trail town.
Want something a little more challenging? How about mountain biking the Kerr Scott Trails that include three main trail complexes: Dark Mountain, Overmountain Victory Trail (OVT), and Warrior Creek, where hundreds of bermed and banked turns await you! Test your hiking skills at Stone Mountain State Park and Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest. Both offer varying degrees of difficulty. Prefer 4-wheels, how about riding ramps and rails at Smoot Park's skateboarding facilities.
After some extreme physical output, you're probably ready to cool off and unwind. The Yadkin River and W. Kerr Scott Dam and Lake offer the perfect place for boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing. If you're a sportsman, we've got trout fishing? The Reddies River, Cub Creek and streams at Stone Mountain offer seasonal fishing opportunities. Cook's Sporting Goods in North Wilkesboro has all the gear you'll need and their outfitters on Main Street in Wilkesboro rents bikes and kayaks.
If team outings are on your to do list, visit the acclaimed disc golfing venue at Rolling Pines (rated #3 in NC on Disc Golf Course Review) and Highland Hills (primitive course). Pickleball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball fields are near both downtown North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro and at the Wilkes Family YMCA. Wilkes County Library offers Check Out Wilkes, a lending program that provides equipment that can be used to enhance recreational experiences, things like fishing poles, basketballs, pickleball equipment and more. Whether you are a resident interested in trying something new, or a visitor from out-of-town, all items are free to borrow and can be used for one week.
Tucked away here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of N.C., we are truly blessed with an abundance of natural resources and access to year round recreation.