Yadkin River Access

The Yadkin River, its tributaries and lakes provide multiple opportunities for recreation throughout the river basin. North Carolinians enjoy boating, tubing, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking and relaxing on and around the Yadkin River.

The Yadkin Pee Dee River Trail is a 125-milelong paddling trail which includes multiple put-in and take-out areas for easy access to the river. The River Trail is mostly flat, with Class I ripples and a few Class II spots.  The Yadkin Pee Dee River Trail may be paddled by kayak or canoe beginning east of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkes County, meandering east through Elkin and over towards Winston-Salem and then turning south along the boundaries of Davie, Rowan and Davidson counties to the entrance to High Rock Lake. There are two mandatory portages around dams on this section of the river.  

Access points along the Yadkin River are maintained predominately by local municipalities.  Access areas are in varying conditions, ranging from extremely well kept to needy.  New access areas may be opened, or existing ones closed, at any time.  Below is a list of access points, contact information and a report of the conditions and facilities in these areas.  If you have updated information on these areas, please email them to us.

For a visual of the access points along the river, visit our maps page.

TAILWATER ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º08.15’ W 81º13.39’
Maintained by:  US Army Corps of Engineers, 336-921-3390
Distance to next access point:  7.1 miles
Conditions:  paved parking lot, plenty of parking
Facilities:  bathroom

SMOOT PARK ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º09.84’ W 81º08.09’
Maintained by:  N. Wilkesboro Rec. & Parks, 336-838-3359
Distance to next access point:  15.1 miles
Conditions: gravel parking lot, moderate parking
Facilities:  bathroom

RONDA ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º12.95’ W 80º56.25’
Maintained by:  Town of Ronda, 336-835-2061
Distance to next access point:  6.8 miles
Conditions: paved parking lot, plenty of parking
Facilities:  bathroom

CRATER PARK IN ELKIN ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º14.50’ W 80º50.84’
Maintained by:  Elkin Recreation and Parks, 336-835-9814
Distance to next access point:  10.7 miles
Conditions:  well kept gravel entrance and moderate parking
Facilities:  bathroom, sometimes locked

Rocky Forest River Run Access (Private)

GPS coordinates:  N 36º15.25’ W 80º48.21’
Maintained by:  Rocky Forest River Run, 336-469-8652
Distance to next access point:  2.5 miles
Conditions:  On site parking for customers
Facilities:  None

burch station at MITCHELL RIVER ACCESS

GPS coordinates: N 36°16'34.0" W 80°46'02.4"
Maintained by:  Elkin Recreation and Parks, 336-835-9814
Distance to next access point:  4.7 miles
Conditions:  well kept gravel entrance and moderate parking
Facilities: 

YADKIN/SHORE ACCESS 

GPS coordinates:  N 36º16.18’ W 80º43.23’
Maintained by:  Yadkin Co. Recreation Dept, 336-679-4228
Distance to next access point:  5.0 miles
Conditions:  primitive access, moderate parking
Facilities: no bathroom, camping permitted, water pump

ROCKFORD ACCESS (PRIVATE)

GPS coordinates:  N 36º15.35’ W 80º38.86’
Maintained by:  Yadkin River Adventures, 336-374-5318
Distance to next access point:  11.8 miles
Conditions:  gravel parking, contact Paul at Yadkin River Adventures for permission
Facilities: none

SHOALS ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º15.45’ W 80º31.05’
Maintained by:  Pilot Mountain State Park, 336-325-2355
Distance to next access point:  6.9 miles
Conditions:  dirt and gravel road entrance, limited parking
Facilities:  none

DONNAHA ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º12.95’ W 80º26.02’
Maintained by:  Yadkin County Recreation Dept, 336-679-4228
Distance to next access point:  6.6 miles (includes mandatory portage)
Conditions:  dirt and gravel entrance road, moderate parking
Facilities:  bathroom

OLD 421 PARK ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º07.97’ W 80º26.65’
Maintained by:  Forsyth County Parks and Rec, 336-778-6300
Distance to next access point:  5.4 miles
Conditions: Large paved parking lot
Facilities:  Bathroom, picnic tables, playground

HUNTSVILLE ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º05.56’ W 80º30.98’
Maintained by:  nobody/undeveloped
Distance to next access point:  10.8 miles
Conditions:  primitive dirt/rock entrance with serious errosion, enter with caution, limited parking
Facilities:  none

TANGLEWOOD ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 36º00.83’ W 80º25.01’
Maintained by:  Forsyth County Parks and Rec, 336-778-6300
Distance to next access point:  16.7 miles (includes mandatory portage)
Conditions: primitive gravel with moderate parking
Facilities:  none

US 64 ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 35º51.40’ W 80º23.14’
Maintained by:  Davidson County Rec. Dept., 336-242-2285
Distance to next access point:  9.3 miles
Conditions:  primitive gravel with moderate parking
Facilities: none

NC 801 ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 35º50.30’ W 80º29.08’
Maintained by:  NC Wildlife Commission, 1-800-662-7137
Distance to next access point:  3.5 miles
Conditions:  gravel lot, parking, handicap space
Facilities: none

BOONES CAVE ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 35º48.01’ W 80º28.02’
Maintained by:  Davidson County Rec. Dept., 336-242-2285
Distance to next access point:  9.5 miles
Conditions:  parking
Facilities: camping, bathroom and picnic area (aprox. 250 yards from river)

YORK HILL ACCESS

GPS coordinates:  N 35º43.42’ W 80º23.43’
Maintained by:  Alcoa Power Generating, Inc., 704-422-5525
Conditions:  gravel lots with plenty of parking
Facilities:  none