Welcome to North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Wilkesboro was founded when Norfolk Southern built its terminus railroad depot near the banks of the Yadkin River. The depot still stands in the heart of downtown, and we have been the Key City to Western North Carolina since our town started in 1891.
Our history is remarkably unique when compared to other towns in the foothills of Western NC. Textiles and furniture factories fueled our early growth, while bootlegging laid the groundwork for the start of modern day racing. That industrious heritage is the foundation of the values we still hold today -we are hardworking, fiercely independent, and our focus on family, faith, and resourcefulness binds us together.
Great ideas were born here. Whether it was the beginning of stock-car racing and the first NASCAR track, or the founding of Lowe’s, North Wilkesboro has made an imprint on our entire Nation and beyond. Today, the brand names that were launched here are enjoyed all over the world.
More importantly, that entrepreneurial spirit is still on display right here is our quaint little mountain town. We are a place where “Mom & Pop’s” still means something, and new ideas are birthed here each day. It’s tasted in our legal distillery that celebrates our pioneering heritage, heard in the coffee shop that anchors our youthful energy, and felt in the adrenaline-fueled sparring in the squared circle.
We are building a hub for the Arts in North Wilkesboro, and our creative spirit is inspired by the mountains that surround us. We are a place where you can quietly reflect on the finest of art in Wilkes Art Gallery, be entertained by the Wilkes Playmakers at historic Benton Hall, or move to the sounds of local musicians performing on the stage at the Market.
One constant in North Wilkesboro has always been our relationship to nature, and to our Two Rivers. The rivers are part of who we are, they unite us, bring us together, inspire our creativity, and energize us. They are the foundation of the unrivaled Great Outdoor offerings that are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Whether it’s a young person who checks out a pole at our Library to fish right in our downtown, or a world-class mountain biker who wants to be challenged by the best trails in the Nation, our town can be the start of that next adventure.
All of this provides a quality of life and diversity of experience for everyone. We have a laid-back rural lifestyle where we are closely connected by our heritage, love of the outdoors, creative energy, and ingenuity. We have that“cool factor”, andare a place where you can“start your engines” or“start you dreams”. We are a gathering place, where people are drawn to our community to experience life, and start their next chapter. Welcome to North WIlkesboro….