Public Recreation

Memorial Park 

County-managed baseball and softball fields. Home to Parks and Rec teams spring through summer. The park also features a concession stand for games, several tennis courts and a trailhead to the Yadkin River Greenway.

Smoot Park & Pool 

  • Smoot Park and Pool near downtown North Wilkesboro is home to:
  • Covered Picnic Areas
  • Municipal Pool
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Playground Equipment
  • Volleyball
  • Yadkin River Greenway Trail Head

Pool Hours

The pool opens Memorial Day weekend yearly and operates M--Sat 10am-5:45pm and Sunday 1pm-5:45pm.


The admission cost is $5 per person all day or a seasonal membership can be purchased for $50 per person.

The pool can also be rented for pool parties 6p-8p for $10 to $150. For more information, call 336-838-3359.

Highland Hills Park Area and Disc Golf Course 

Highland Hills Disc Golf Course was created in 2010 to offer a new public recreational opportunity at no cost to citizens or visitors. Located at Municipal Park in the Highland Park area of town, the Highland Hills Disc Golf Course offers 18 holes of disc golf. So come try your hand at disc golf and enjoy the local amenities.

Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP)

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association’s sole purpose is to bring more business to its members along the Parkway. BRP Association members work together to offer the 20 million annual visitors to the Parkway a broad range of family entertainment, recreation, shopping, lodging, and dining in communities along the scenic corridor’s 469-mile length.

Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway website.

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail 

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail follows the route of assembly of the American Patriot army, which decisively defeated an American Loyalist army at the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina, in the dark days of the fall of 1780. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail covers approximately 220 miles from Abingdon, Virginia, through Eastern Tennessee, over the high mountains of North Carolina, across the Piedmont of North and South Carolina, to the Kings Mountain National Military Park. The Warrior Creek portion of the trail, located at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, is certified and open to the public. The trail commemorates the Wilkes-Surry armies under Benjamin Cleveland and Joseph Winston as well as the Native-American "troops" who gave the creek its name.

Rendezvous Mountain State Forest 

Another educational and recreational opportunity, located in the breathtaking Rendezvous Mountains.

Stone Mountain State Park 

Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Test your fly-fishing techniques in more than 20 miles of designated trout waters. Or, with over 16 miles of trails in 14,000 acres of land, take a hike in the park.

W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir 

Boating, mountain biking, fishing and relaxing can all be accomplished at the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. Check out the over 30 plus miles of multi-use trails or take a relaxing swim in one of the many public access points. See nature as you have never before seen it at the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir!

Yadkin River Access

The Yadkin River, its tributaries and lakes provide multiple opportunities for recreation throughout the river basin. North Carolinians enjoy boating, tubing, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking and relaxing on and around the Yadkin River. 

The Yadkin Pee Dee River Trail is a 125-milelong paddling trail which includes multiple put-in and take-out areas for easy access to the river. The River Trail is mostly flat, with Class I ripples and a few Class II spots.  It may be paddled by kayak or canoe beginning east of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkes County, meandering east through Elkin and over towards Winston-Salem and then turning south along the boundaries of Davie, Rowan and Davidson counties to the entrance to High Rock Lake. There are two mandatory portages around dams on this section of the river.  Click here for a map of access points.

Foothills Outdoor Adventures 

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.

Visit the Foothills Outdoor Adventures website.

Yadkin River Greenway

The Yadkin River Greenway is a natural area between North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro where wildlife, vegetation, and streams are preserved and enjoyed. The Greenway also provides transportation, recreation, and exercise opportunities for the community. Come enjoy a scenic jog or take a leisurely walk!

Visit the Yadkin River Greenway website.

Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor 

The vision of the Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor is a regional eco- and heritage tourism destination centered by a system of multi-use greenways, trails, and rails with trails linking major historic and cultural heritage sites, wineries, and communities along the Yadkin River. Visit Go Yadkin now.