Yadkin River Greenway

North Carolina

Yadkin River Greenway Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Wilkes
Length: 5.2 miles
Trail end points: North Wilkesboro (Reddies River trailhead adjacent to Bicycles Extreme on D Street) and West Park (Wellness Center trailhead)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032450
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Yadkin River Greenway Description

The Yadkin River Greenway is a work in progress, currently in three segments that have yet to be joined. Construction will take place during summer 2011.

The first segment of the greenway begins at the D Street bridge in North Wilkesboro and follows the west bank of the Reddies River to the Yadkin River. A pedestrian bridge crosses the Reddies River near its mouth and extends to near Mid-Town Market in North Wilkesboro.

The main greenway heads west up the Yadkin River to the Wellness Center in West Park, North Wilkesboro. You'll find another pedestrian bridge over the Yadkin to downtown of Wilkesboro.

The second segment of the Yadkin River Greenway continues to follow the Yadkin River on the south bank, from Moravian Creek in Wilkesboro to the Wilkes Family YMCA. Plans are to extend the greenway across the river to W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, a distance of 5.7 miles. This will link to the third segment, which begins at the end of Old Highway 268 near the dam by the reservoir. This segment loops around the Yadkin River through the forest on the north bank.

Additional future plans include extending the Greenway from the Cornerstone trailhead along the river east to Memorial Park in North Wilkesboro then on to Smoot Park. For trail updates, visit the Yadkin River Greenway Council.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at three trailheads: CVS Pharmacy/Reddies River, Wellness Center/Coffee Tavern, and Lowe's Home Improvement/Cornerstone Church. Additional parking is adjacent the Tyson trailhead behind Wilkes Heritage Musuem in downtown Wilesksboro (Hwy 268 Business), at Lowes Rivers Edge Park, at Lowes Industrial Park (HWY 268 West), and at the Moravian Creek Trail acces parking lot adjacent to the Wilkesboro Maintenance Dept., just off Hwy 268 West.

To access Fish Dam Creek: Take Hwy 268 W. of Wilkesboro, go 2 miles outside the city limits and take Brown's Ford Road to W. Kerr Scott Spillway (0.5 mile). Park in spillway lot and follow signs to Yadkin River Greenway. For more information, contact:

Yadkin River Greenway Council
P.O. Box 191
717 Main Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28658
336-651-8967

Yadkin River Greenway Reviews

Disclosure: I am totally biased because I live 5 minutes away from the YRG and I am a board member. As of today (7/24/13) we actually have over 7 miles of greenway constructed, and we plan to add nearly a mile more by the end of the summer. The map on the TrailLink website does not show our newest section which runs along the Yadkin River between Memorial Park and Smoot Park in North Wilkesboro. This is one of the most beautiful settings you could ever find in a river valley, and I urge all trail fans to come here and enjoy it at least once. The reason I haven't rated the YRG with 5 stars is that we still have gaps in it due to a few property owners who have refused to give easements. All of the land we need is still undeveloped so we are hopeful that those greenway gaps will be spanned eventually. Ultimately our plans call for the YRG to grow to about 15 miles in the Wilkesboros, including some beautiful loop trails. Long-term, we plan to link via future regional trails to Lenoir in the west and Forsyth County in the east. The YRG is mostly flat due to its proximity to the Yadkin River, but for those seeking more of a challenge, there is a nearby advanced trail network maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers at Kerr Scott Reservoir. These two trail systems connect via the Dark Mountain Trail, which is hard to find and not for sissies. As I said, it is well worth the effort to visit and enjoy the YRG, easily accessible near the Wilkes Community College exit off US highway 421.

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