The Yadkin River begins at an elevation above 3,600 feet near Blowing Rock, on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It flows southeast toward Lenoir, but near Patterson and Happy Valley it turns northeast, flowing through Ferguson and into W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.
Leaving the reservoir, the Yadkin runs between North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro. South of Pilot Mountain, it passes through a small section of Pilot Mountain State Park and makes another direction change, swinging south and passing just to the west of Winston-Salem. After passing Tanglewood Park and Boone’s Cave State Park, the Yadkin joins the South Yadkin River near Salisbury. Downstream, the Yadkin River is impounded by four large dams to become High Rock Lake, Tuckertown Reservoir, Badin Lake, and Falls Lake.
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