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Wilkes County +

717 Main St.

North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

(336) 838-8662

In the northern area of the Yadkin Valley, on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies a diamond in a sea of green trees and hills - Wilkes County.

Wilkes County is filled with the sweet sounds of Americana music and heritage drama featured at the many festivals in the region. Visitors will delight in the fruits of our area at our local apple orchards & enjoy touring acres of vineyards and tasting the palate-temping wines of the lush Yadkin Valley.

Discover wonderful recreational opportunities such as W. Kerr Scott Reservoir’s camping, boating, bird watching, hiking, and mountain biking trails. If you’re adventurous, test your strength at mountain climbing Stone Mountain National Park’s many boulders and rock outcroppings. If a more relaxed atmosphere is your choice, spend time with wildlife as you kayak or canoe down the miles of rippling water of the Yadkin River. You can also try your hand at fly-fishing in some of the best native trout waters in NC. (www.ExploreWilkes.com)

Let us help you discover our amazing and diverse region of the Blue Ridge.

Call for your visitor’s guide (336) 838-8662 or stop by the Northwest NC Visitor Center. (336) 838-8662, info@wilkesnc.org, or www.ExploreWilkes.com

Highlights & Happenings

  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
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  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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