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W. Kerr Scott Reservoir

W. Kerr Scott Reservoir map

The TRACK Trail Trailhead can be found on the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir Visitor Center (next to the entrance). The self-guided brochure led adventures were designed to be used on any of the trails within the reservoir; however, the official TRACK Trail is the Fish Dam Creek Trail. The Fish Dam Creek Trail begins on the other side of the dam, traverses down through the woods along Fish Dam Creek and to the base of the dam. The trail is an out-and-back trail and is approximately 1-mile long. Besides being designated a TRACK Trail, the Fish Dam Creek Trail is also on a portion of the Over Mountain Victory Trail, the Yadkin River Greenway Trail and has been designated a North Carolina Birding Trail.

W. Kerr Scott Reservoir is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated flood control dam in Wilkesboro NC. The lake offers multiple recreation opportunities with an environmental education center, 3 campgrounds, over 30 miles of multipurpose trail, swim beaches, picnic areas, wildlife management areas and fishing opportunities. The lake has a strong interpretive program with an emphasis on water safety and environmental education. W. Kerr Scott attracts over 900,000 visitors annually. In 2007 W. Kerr Scott Reservoir was named the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Management Project of the Year.

Track an adventure here
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir TRACK Trail sticker

Location Details

Recreational Features: Paved Bike Path, Mountain Bike Trails, Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing, Interpretive Programs, Birding, Playground
Amenities: Restrooms, Nature Center, Visitor Center, Gift Shop
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Dam at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir  Visitor Center
Fish Dam Creek TRACK trail
Trail head at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
Fish Dam Creek Trail
Lake at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir

Adventures for W. Kerr Scott Reservoir

Hiking

Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
The Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues. 
Hiking

Finding Ferns

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
The Finding Ferns brochure is a fun and challenging adventure. Follow the illustrations and clues to find as many of the ferns as possible. You're going to have to be a nature detective to find them all.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
W Kerr Scott Reservoir: Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

W Kerr Scott Reservoir: Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six of the more common trees found in Claytor Lake State Park. During your adventure, you will learn about the need we, and other animals, have for trees and about the roles they play in the forest.
Hiking

Overmountain Victory Trail

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
The Overmountain Victory Trail adventure introduces children to the Overmountain Victory Trail and describes how the Overmountain Men used their wilderness and hunting skills to defeat the British Loyalists at Kings Mountain.

Directions

499 Reservoir Road
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Latitude: 36.128568300000
Longitude: -81.223965900000

From Highway 421:
Take Exit 286B for NC-268 toward Wilkesboro/Downtown.
Travel West on NC-268W/River St and continue 3.1 miles.
Turn Right onto Reservoir Rd.
The W. Kerr Scott Visitor Center will be on your left (the trailhead is there).
The Fish Dam Creek Trail trailhead is located on the other side of the dam.

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers.