Things to do
• Lake Hampton at Yadkin Memorial Park, 1142 Crystal Lane, Yadkinville, offers fishing opportunities from non-gas-powered boats and a pier seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The 135-acre lake includes black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass and redear sunfish. It is handicap-accessible.
• Yadkin River fishing can yield a number of fish species including bullhead, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, redbreast sunfish, smallmouth bass and spott bass.
For more fishing opportunities in the area, visit http://ncpaws.org/wrcmapbook/FishingAreas.aspx.
• Lila Swaim Memorial Park, on Swaim Street, is Jonesville’s primary park facility offering tennis courts, ball fields for baseball, softball and soccer, walking trails, basketball courts, picnic shelters and a playground. The site is formerly the historic Jonesville Speedway and became Lila Swaim Memorial Park in 1975. More information can be found by calling 336-835-3426.
• Yadkin Memorial Park, 1142 Crystal Lane, Yadkinville, is the site of Lake Hampton, a 135-acre lake featuring fishing from two piers or by boat and water fowl hunting from six duck blinds. Visitors also can take advantage of the walking/jogging trail, playground, picnic shelters and non-gas powered boating opportunities, with boat rentals on site. The park is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 336-849-7751.
• Yadkin Family YMCA, 6540 Service Road, Yadkinville, provides a wide range of programs from swim lessons and camps to a comprehensive wellness center, group exercise programs and SilverSneakser classes. It has an indoor pool and an outdoor water park. For more information, call 336-679-7962 or visit ymcanwnc.org/locations/yadkin-family-ymca/.
• Yadkin River is one of the longest rivers in North Carolina and forms the county border between Yadkin and Surry counties. It is a major water and power source for towns from the mountains along its length into South Carolina where it becomes the Great Pee Dee River. Recreation on the river includes fishing, tubing, kayaking and canoeing. The Yadkin River State Trail, established in 1987, is a blueway following 130 miles of the river and is a paddle trail that is part of the North Carolina State Trails Program with launch points and camping spots along the banks. Reservoirs along the river include W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkesboro.
Yadkin River accesses
• Yadkin/Shore access is five miles west of the historic village of Rockford. It has a gravel entrance with parking, but no bathroom. Camping is permitted and there is a water pump. It is maintained by Yadkin County Recreation Department.
• Donnaha access is the final Yadkin/Surry access point to the Yadkin River as it heads into Forsyth County and south. The Yadkin County Recreation Department maintains the mandatory portage point with a dirt and gravel entrance road, parking and a bathroom facility.
• Yadkin River Adventures, 104 Old Rockford Road, Rockford village, provides two-, four- and six-hour canoe and kayak trips down the Yadkin River. Also provided are fishing opportunites and overnight paddle/camping trips with shuttle service available. The company provides rentals, or shuttle service for those with their own equipment. For more information, visit www.yadkinriveradventures.com, call 336-374-5318 or email [email protected]
• Yadkin Farmers Market is held each Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in Yadkinville at the farmers market shelter, 1141 Tennessee Road, from May through October.
• Yadkin Arts Council, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville, is the site of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, which includes the Welborn Gallery, studios for resident artists, the Third Branch Café and the Willingham Theater, offering classic films and more. For more information, visit www.yadkinarts.org or by calling 336-679-2941.
• Jonesville Greenway is a trail from Bluff Street to about one mile east of I-77. Eventually the plan is to extend the trail to a 32-mile stretch ending in historic Rockford.
• Big Woods Zipline, 2280 Sanders Ridge Road, Boonville, is a mile-long, 12-cable course at the Sanders Ridge Winery, Vineyard and Restaurant. It includes 12 lines, 14 platforms and a swinging bridge, and is open year-round. For more information, visit bigwoodszipline.com or call 336-677-1509.
• Starmount Crossing Cinema V, 209 Winston Road, Jonesville, offers the lastest releases for those looking to take in a movie on the big screen. For more information, visit starmountcinema.com or call 336-526-3456 for the movieline.
• Take a Break from the Interstate 3-Day Road Market Sale in July each year features yard sales up and down historic U.S. 21 from Wytheville, Virginia, through the Surry and Yadkin County stretch to Iredell County, for 110 miles of deals and opportunities to visit towns being bypassed by I-77. For more information, visit takeabreakfromtheinterstate.com.