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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

  • 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.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • 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
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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