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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

  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the 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.
  • 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.
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge.
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
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