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Description - W. Kerr Scott Reservoir is located in the heart of the beautiful Yadkin River Valley, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Moravian and Cascade Falls are in the immediate vicinity and the Blue Ridge Parkway is 28 miles away.

Recreation - This reservoir offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation activities. This area has many historical and cultural attractions. Facilities include: Scenic driving tours, mountain biking, boating, camping, education programs, fishing, hiking, picnicking, hunting, water sports, winter sports and wildlife viewing.

Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Location - From Winston-Salem travel west on US 421 to Wilkesboro, then 5 miles west on SR 268.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: theresa mauser (newton, nc)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: really nice place to camp! wooded areas,nice tent areas, great fishing,boating,swimming. bathouse okay.2 shower stalls, 4 toilets. no locks on toilet doors tho!!.not fancy, but suits the purpose. dumping station at bath house. great place to camp or to spend the day. 18.00 to camp with power and water..cheap!

Filed By: Jim Thompson (Ventura, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I camped at W. Kerr Scott several times in the spring of 1999 at both the fee campgrounds (all) and at the free campground at Marley's Ford a number times as well in my 84 VW Westfalia while on an extended vacation from California seeing what the rest of the country offered as a "wandering gypsy". This is on my top 5 recommended places to camp and hopefully I will return someday to North Carolina to visit and camp there again (sometimes I feel I can't wait to do this again!). The local folks are among the friendliest I encountered while visiting the Southeast USA 1999.

Filed By: charles
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Stayed at Buffalo Park last summer and will be staying with friends again this summer. The family, friends and myself love the lake and plan on camping every summer. Swimming, fishing, water skiing and tubing is a blast at Kerr. As for the everyone complaining about the 2-3 dollar entrence fee I say nothing in life is free and if the Dam did not collect the money by doing this I'm sure it would be collected by raising your tax's; and lets face it how much is two - three dollars in the year 2005. I guess a gallon of gas for my boat. Love the place and will be back again and again.

Filed By: Bill, a Boater (Elkin, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a very nice lake. Contrary to the messages below, there are 2 places with FREE ADMISSION and FREE BOAT RAMPS - at the Dam and at Skyline Marina. There are a lot of areas to explore - a hiking / biking trail, fishing, boating, swimming, and pickniking.

Filed By: Local Guy (North Wilkesboro, Nc)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Kerr Scott lake is a bueatiful lake and a fun place to go play in the water and be with friends. The fee of $2-$3 just to drive in the place is uncalled for. I know when that lake was build they said they would never be any charges for anything there. I wonder what happened to this!!! I guess the reason it upsets me so much is i live in the county its in and pay taxes in that county and can't even ride to the lake without having a few dollars with you. What do they do with the money, they sure haven't made any improvements in the last several years.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

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Contact Information:
W Kerr Scott Dam And Reservoir, P.O. Box 182 , WILKESBORO, NC, 28697-0182, Phone: 910-921-3750

Additional Information:
Asheville Area - Spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful rushing waters, countless museums, historical sites, state and national lands, cultural events and the famous Biltmore Estate are concentrated in this area.
Mountain Region - Experience North Carolina's Mountain Region where two of America's most visited national parks reside, where thousands of acres of national and state forestland sliced by rushing waters dominate the landscape, and where visits can relive the luxurious past of America's industrial birth.
North Carolina Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs in North Carolina range from huge reservoirs to small lakes. Many of the lakes are surrounded by campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. Some of the larger lakes have State Parks along their shores while others fall within the National Forest lands.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.
The Triad Area - The Triad is located in the northern Piedmont area of the state. Comprising Winston, Salem, Greensboro and the High Point area, it is home to the once thriving tobacco industry. It is also home to the finest furniture makers in America. In addition, the area has an interesting Revolutionary and Civil War history.


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