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Things To Do In Wilkes County NC

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  • 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.

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

The Town of Wilkesboro and the Humane Society of Wilkes partnered to bring this dog park to fruition. The Hidden Oaks Dog Park is located on an acre tract within municipal owned Cub Creek Park and is fenced in for your pooch's delight to run and play off leash from sunrise to sunset. The fenced-in area is broken into two areas ~ one for large breeds and the other for smaller breeds. A large covered area for pet owners to sit, relax, stay cool/dry while their furry friends run and play. This covered area sits in the center of the small and large dog areas and sitting is provided. The Humane Society of Wilkes also has a building beside the dog park and the Humane Society is open from 12 - 3 PM on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. OTHER AMENITIES AND RULES: Dogs should not be left unattended. All animals must be healthy and have current rabies and disease vaccinations. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please do not permit children to approach animals with owner's permission. A watering station is available for pets and of course, a fire hydrant is provided within the dog park. Owners are welcome to bring toys and balls for their furry friends to play with. Female dogs in heat are not permitted until after their cycle ends. Owners should clean up after their animals. Doggie waste bags and dispensers are located throughout the park. Owners should cover any holes dug after their animals. Animals must be on a leash outside of the dog park fencing and in other areas of the park. Examples: walking and mountain biking trails, creek, & fields. No smoking or glass containers are allowed in the "off-leash" areas. We asked that all dogs to be well socialized and have all vaccines before entering the park. Any dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior are prohibited. Once a dog shows any aggression towards other dogs or humans, they should immediately leave both Hidden Oaks Dog Park and Cub Creek Park. Owners are legally responsible for their pets and injuries caused by them. The town is not responsible for any accidents/injuries or other incidents between dogs and owners.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 22 S Park road, North Wilkesboro
  • 336-696-9012

The course sits among 27 beautiful, hilly acres of timbered land along the Yadkin River. The 18 holes include red, white and blue tees on each. The walk is about 2 miles in length. The par is set at 54 from all 3 tees. Open from Dawn to Dusk.

  • History and Heritage, Outdoor Activities
  • 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap
  • 336-957-8185

The Hutchinson Homestead is complete with log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corncrib, meat house, and original furnishings. Visitors can play recordings that explain how different aspects of the farm were run. The farm was built in the mid-19th century and restored in 1998, representing lives of early settlers. The homestead is closed during the week and winter; however visitors may walk the homestead grounds.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 200 Cowles Street, Wilkesboro
  • 336-667-4231

Outdoor Labyrinth walk. Free. Always open. A labyrinth is a patterned path, often circular in form, used as a walking meditation or spiritual practice. A labyrinth's walkway is arranged in such a way that the participant moves back and forth across the circular form through a series of curves, ending at the labyrinths's heart or center.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 512 Meadow Road, Ferguson
  • 800-4NC-MTNS (462-6867)

Enjoy all the amenities Leatherwood has to offer, including premier equestrian facilities, 80 miles of deeded horseback and hiking trails, and an on site restaurant. Once Leatherwood Mountains gets in your soul, you may never want to leave. Leatherwood Mountains Resort is making memories that will last a lifetime! Call us today to start your adventure!

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 1803 Industrial Drive, Wilkesboro
  • 336-651-7355

Talk a walk on the Yadkin River Greenway, enjoy a t-ball game, play horseshoes or flag football, ride your bike, try out the BMX track, or take a spin on the remote control car track. Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk Contact: Kevin Anderson, Director

  • Music and Festivals, Outdoor Activities
  • 102 West Main Street, Wilkesboro
  • 336-838-3951

Enjoy a Friday evening out under the stars watching a movie on a blanket our downtown park. Join us on 2nd Fridays from May through August in the newly renovated Carolina West Wireless Community Commons park for an exciting line up of family-friendly films! Movies will be shown on a 33-foot wide screen with surround sound. Don’t forget to bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. New Addition of kids games prior to each movie. FREE Admission to “Movies on Main” and all kids games are FREE. The Town of Wilkesboro strives to offer inviting, family-friendly spaces and events in the heart of downtown. We hope you enjoy the events planned for the 2019 season! For more information about Wilkesboro Movies on Main, contact the Town of Wilkesboro Planning and Community Development at (336) 838-3951 or on Historic Downtown Wilkesboro Facebook.

  • Outdoor Activities
  • 336-372-8568

Doughton Park is a spectacular park located right on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Visitors to the park have several hiking options and may choose to focus on mid-elevation species along the upper rim of the escarpment, or take a more strenuous approach to the base of the escarpment. For a good sampling of the upper edge of the escarpment, the Fodder Stack Trail provides a quick way to see Wild Turkey, Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos, Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Hooded, Black-throated Green and Black-and-white Warblers, Scarlet Tanager and many other woodland and shrubby field species. For a longer look at many of these species and others, hike the entire Bluff Mountain Trail. Grasshopper Sparrow and Horned Lark are often seen in the agricultural lands near the Parkway and close to the Bluffs Lodge. For the more adventurous, a hike to the bottom on the Grassy Gap Fire Road or Cedar Ridge Trail provide possible looks at mid- to low-elevation species like Acadian Flycatcher, Swainson’s Warbler and Worm-eating Warbler. These lower sections may also be reached via Longbottom Road, off NC 18. The diversity of habitats, size of the park, and its amenities can provide many days of exploration and birding. Species of Interest: Blue-headed Vireo, Black-white Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler Habitats: northern hardwood/cove forest, oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, early successional, river/stream/wetland. Special Concerns: Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are often closed during the winter months due to snow and ice. Other temporary closures may occur following storms as a result of hazardous road conditions. It is best to call ahead to get current road conditions (828-298-0398). The use of tapes to attract birds is prohibited.