Hundreds of Things to do Indoors & Out
The Blue Ridge Parkway leads to hundreds of outdoor endeavors. Wilkes County houses two state parks, Stone Mountain State Park and Rendezvous Mountain State Educational Park. There are numerous public parks, and water recreation is abundant with 55 miles of shoreline available along W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. The W. Kerr Scott Lake and the adventurous Yadkin River offers local residents and visitors of all ages plenty of boating, fishing, swimming and enjoyment of wildlife. Walking, running and roller-skating in North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro is convenient along the Yadkin River Greenway, a great path for outdoor relaxation and exercise.
Benton Hall, home of the Wilkes Playmakers, and the John A. Walker Center for Performing Arts hosts spectacular dramas and musical performances throughout the year. Wilkes Art Gallery in downtown North Wilkesboro premiers the imaginative creations of nationally recognized talents and local artists. MerleFest, an annual event held the last weekend in April, presents four days of the hottest names in Americana and bluegrass music performers. History is celebrated during June’s Wilkes Art and Heritage Festival, and apple harvest is announced to the hundreds of thousands who attend the annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in October.