The Ultimate Guide To Asheville
and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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From Patterson to the Wilkesboro Reservoir, this rural route follows NC 268 along the upper Yadkin River from the mountains to the gently rolling foothills of the piedmont. Historically a farming region, today travelers acres of horticultural nurseries and turf farms alongside more traditional crops. This road twists and turns through a river valley dotted with historic homes and old barns. Around Happy Valley, visitors can stop at the Chapel of Rest, a restored Episcopal Church that served The Patterson School in the early 1900s; and Fort Defiance, the 18th century home of Revolutionary War hero William Lenoir. Driving towards Wilkesboro, history buffs will find Whippoorwill Academy and Village where a replica log-cabin village has been reconstructed or they can find Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, a 3,754-arce recreational area for camping, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, or camping.
you drive along this scenic 28-mile stretch of road, listen as
valley residents describe the area's musical traditions, stories,
legends, and traditional farming practices. They're captured in the
world-famous ballad, "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley," and brought
to life in Charles Frazier's award-winning book, Cold Mountain.
They're recalled in tales of frontiersman Daniel Boone, who lived
here with his wife and six children in the mid-18th century before
settling in Kentucky.