Milepost 264-276

Wildflowers You Might Spot From Milepost 264-276.4

  • Buttercups – Mar-June
  • Wild Strawberry – Mar-June
  • Crested Dwarf Iris – Apr-May
  • Flame Azalea – May-June
  • Fraser Magnolia – May
  • Catawba Rhododendron – June
  • Mountain Laurel – June-July

Birds You Might Spot From Milepost 264-276.4

  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • Chestnut-sided Warblers
  • Canada Warblers
  • Slate-colored Juncos
  • White-breasted Nuthatches
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

Points of Interest – Milepost 264 to 276

  • The Lump Trail MP 264.4 to hill top view; .3 Mile, Easy FREE
  • Cascades Trail MP 271.9 self-guiding loop to view of falls; .5 Mile, Moderate FREE
  • EB Jeffress Park MP 272 Picnic area, comfort station, trail to Cascades Waterfall. FREE
  • Tompkins Knob Trail MP 272.5 to Jesse Brown Cabin; .6 Mile, Easy FREE
  • Old Wilkes Jail – 30 min. – The historic Old Wilkes Jail was completed in 1860 and used as a jail until 1915. Located behind the old Wilkes County Courthouse in Wilkesboro, it has been restored and now contains a museum filled with memorabilia. Folk legend Tom Dooley was one of its infamous inmates. FREE
  • W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir – 1 hr to a whole weekend! – Camping, swimming, fishing, boating. Enjoy Bandits Roost and Warrior Creek Park featuring paved access roads, campsites and shower facilities. Small-game hunting and fishing are permitted in restricted areas. $
  • Tom Dooley Art Museum at Whippoorwill Academy – 1 hr – 45 paintings and drawings by Edith F. Carter on the life of Tom Dooley (Dula) who was convicted and hanged for the murder of his girlfriend, Laura Foster. Included in the museum are Tom’s original tombstone, his war records, the door handle to his home and a lock of Laura Foster’s hair.
  • Wilkes Playmakers, Inc. – 20 miles from Milepost 276.4 – 300 D Street, N. Wilkesboro-Wilkes Playmakers is the home of “Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend” performed each year in July and August. For information on our season contact us at 336-838-7529 or www.wilkesplaymakers.com
  • Overmountain Victory Trail – 2 hrs. – The historic trail follows the route of assembly of the American Patriot army which defeated an American Loyalist army at the battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina. The trail, which covers about 220 miles from Abingdon, VA, through Eastern Tennessee, over the mountains of NC, across the Piedmont of NC and SC to Kings Mountain. A 70-mile branch from Wilkes-Surry joins the main rout near its center at Quaker Meadows in Morganton. FREE
  • MerleFest – All Weekend! – Held the last weekend of April each year, MerleFest is one of the largest country music/bluegrass festivals in the United States. Named for Doc Watson’s late son, Merle, MerleFest features big name talents like Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs and other well-known artists and draws more than 65,000 music enthusiasts for the four day festival each year. 800-343-7857 $
  • Rendezvous Mountain – 1-2 hrs. – Follow the “Talking Tree Trail,” where the trees talk and tell their own story and the story of the forest’s history…or take the Forest Demo Trail to learn about forestry practices. Also learn about logging at the sawmill exhibit. Picnic areas and amphitheater available for groups. FREE
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