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Things To Do In Wilkes County NC

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  • Outdoor Activities
  • 1402 Willow Lane, North Wilkesboro
  • 336-667-4121

Offering day or weekend rentals on mountain bikes, kayaks, and more. Located right at Yadkin River Greenway - great place to bike! W.Kerr Scott is only 15 minutes away, where the lake is great for kayaking and the Dark Mountain Trail is a perfect place to mountain bike. Awesome selection of sporting goods, camping supplies, fine quality clothing, shoes, and home furnishings.

Brown-Cowles House

  • Art and Architecture, History and Heritage, Outdoor Activities
  • 200 East Main Street, Wilkesboro

The Brown-Cowles House is the oldest known house remaining in Wilkesboro, dating from the 1830's. Hamilton Brown (1786-1870- built the central structure and Congressman William Cowles (1850-1901- expanded it. The slave kitchen and curing house are among the few outbuildings still remaining in the area. This is a privately owned home – please do not trespass.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 2618 West NC Hwy 268, Wilkesboro
  • 336-990-0000

Enjoy the beauty of the foothills in one of our top-of-the-line canoes, kayaks, or stand-up paddle boards. Our kayaks are “sit-on-top” single or tandem, easy to maneuver, and are very stable. Our canoes are best for 2 people, while our new (and popular) stand-up paddle boards are only for 1 person. All of these rentals are great for both the experienced and inexperienced paddler. They are great for individuals, or get a group together to paddle the day away. The price includes the rental (canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board), oar(s), and life jacket(s). Also included is FREE shuttle service with advanced reservations (minimum of 48 hours before your scheduled trip). There will be a charge for shuttle service without a reservation. At the end of your trip, we will pick you up at a designated area and transport you back to the parking lot at Foothills Outdoor Adventures.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 462 Cotton Mill Rd, Roaring River
  • 336- 696-6938

Enjoy an exciting canoe trip down the Roaring and Yadkin Rivers and see an abundance of wildlife, scenery and remnants of one of the oldest grist mill sites in Wilkes County. If you are a fisherman, you may catch small mouth or large mouth bass, red eyes and catfish - just to name a few. Full and half day trips available with pick up and transportation.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 206 S. Bridge Street, Wilkesboro
  • Park Tel: 336-667-8804 Hrs. M-F 8-5

Cub Creek is a 117.52 acre park that borders historic downtown. The Park is just below the hill from the Wilkes Heritage Museum and it borders both sides of South Bridge Street. This park is well manicured and is open sunrise to sunset for everyone's enjoyment. Inside its boundaries is the award-winning restored Cub Creek Stream that is designated as trout water and hatchery supported. Cub Creek stream and park brings is a popular spot for families to visit, picnic, walk, fish or allow the kids to wade through the water. Along the creek, you can find some rather quiet spots to meditate and relax with a great book, just bring a blanket. The park has immaculate walking tracks and wooded creekside mountain biking trails that feature a cantilever bridge. OTHER PARK AMENITIES: 6 Baseball Fields-All Schedules with Wilkes County, 2 Batting Cages, concessions during games, 3 Basketball courts, 3 walking tracks - well manicured, Mountain Bike Trails, 2 Tennis courts, 2 Pickleball courts, Playground, Hatchery-supported trout waters with a Kids Fishing Day, Blue birdhouses for nesting & birding, Wilkes Co Birding Trails & Rent Birding Supplies, Cub Creek Restoration Phase I, II & III & Rain Gardens, Hidden Oaks Dog Park, Community Garden, butterfly garden, Restrooms and water fountains, picnic tables and grills throughout the park, and picnic shelters with tables on a first come, first serve basis --no reservations are taken.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 206 S. Bridge Street, Wilkesboro
  • Park 336-667-8804 Hrs. M-F 8-5

The Town of Wilkesboro has opened four trails at Cub Creek Park through a partnership with Brushy Mountain Cyclist Club (BMCC) in 2017. The BMCC mountain bikers are responsible for the trails at W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir and these trails are some of the best mountain biking in the southeast, according to their website and riders alike. Citizens can walk or mountain bike these trails and they are open sun up to sun down. MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS: CALL FARM - 3.6 miles - Suble terrain with lots of bermed turns. A great beginner mountain bike riders, hikers & runners. JAILBREAK - 0.7 miles - Mostly flat trails with a few tricky turns for riders. PERKINS PLACE - 2.6 miles - Lots of twists and turns with a little more climbing. TORNADO ALLEY - 1.5 miles - Casual creekside trail with several boardwalks and bridges mixed with some steeper terrain. Occasionally the trail closed signs have to be posted during wet weather and we ask that you not ride on the trails during closures to keep damage to a minimum. We cannot keep the integrity of the trails without your help. The closure status will be posted on Cub Creek Park's Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/CubCreekParkNC/.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 499 Reservoir Road, Wilkesboro
  • 336-921-3390

Dark Mountain is a multi-use trail developed jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club, enjoyed by both hikers and mountain bikers. The 3-mile loop is of medium difficulty with the exceptions of several short, steep hills.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 2618 West NC Hwy 268, Wilkesboro
  • 336-990-0000

Whether you’re looking for a fun day on the lake or the river with the kids, a romantic canoe ride, or a good time with a group of friends, Foothills Outdoor Adventures can provide fun and relaxation for everyone. We offer rentals on both the Yadkin River and W. Kerr Scott Lake, and we are the exclusive source for RIVER TUBS – perfect for groups of up to 8 people. You can even bring your dog! Foothills Outdoor Adventures is a family-owned company dedicated to outstanding service. We provide everything you need for a safe and enjoyable adventure on the water. Call us today or just stop by, and you’ll be relaxing on the water in no time. We have rentals for every interest and skill level. Adventure! Our mission is to offer the most exciting & diversified outdoor experience possible. We rent canoes, pontoons, kayaks, and fishing boats. Now renting stand-up paddle boards for both the river and the lake.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 1534 South Recreation Road, Wilkesboro
  • 336-921-3390

Located in the beautiful Yadkin River Valley, the course offers scenic views of the reservoir with a backdrop of rolling mountains. This dynamic 18-hole course utilizes long and short tee pads for novice and advanced players, and features water hazards, uphills and downhills, and dense wooded areas. There is also a practice course. Each hole has a sign that includes disc golf "pro tip" and "nature trail" information highlighting something that can be seen at the hole, such as tulip poplar, rhododendrons and hemlock trees and beautiful views of the lake. Unique souvenir scorecards (available for download at the website) feature birds and trees that can be seen on the course.

  • Art and Architecture, Outdoor Activities
  • 1328 Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro
  • 336-838-6469

The garden has been designed and planted so that everyone, regardless of their visual ability, may enjoy it. The garden is part of a large complex of multivariate botanical gardens located on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This particular garden is named in memory of Eddy Merle Watson, the gifted musician son of legendary blind acoustic musician Arthel "Doc" Watson. The garden contains many ornate raised planters, a diversity of plants which were chosen for their strong fragrances and unusual textures, and braille identification plaques which identify each plant for the visually impaired. The most prominent element of the garden however, is a serpentine brick wall of approximately 150 feet which contains a series of elaborate brick sculptures called "Nature's Alphabet" and "The Tree of Memories." This inspiring work of art was designed and sculpted by noted Goldsboro, NC brick sculptor and artist, Patricia Turlington. "Nature's Alphabet" spans two panels, each 16 inches high and 27 feet long. Images on the panels represent letters in the English alphabet, from an armadillo for "A" to a zebra for "Z". A "pocket" outline of each image enables the visually impaired to insert their hand and follow the outline of whatever is pictured there. Open sunrise to sunset.