Yadkin River

Wilkesboro, North Carolina

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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.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

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.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Wilkesboro
Length: 147.3
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class II
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Buffalo Cove, Grandin, Boomer, Purlear, Wilkesboro, Roaring River, Ronda, Elkin South, Elkin North, Copeland, Siloam, Pinnacle, Vienna, Clemmons, Farmington, Advance, Welcome, Churchland, Salisbury
Topo Map: Yadkin River Topographic Map
Guide Book: Paddling Eastern North Carolina Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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