Are you trying to find the ideal place for you and your pals to head for an upcoming vacation? Instead of going to the same-old spots, like the over-crowded city get-away or the tourist-laden beach spot, we recommend heading somewhere new. And we have the perfect spot in mind! Check out the Yadkin Valley, a picturesque and relaxing part of North Carolina that offers breathtaking views, bright blue waters, endless sunshine, lush green pine forests, and tons of outdoor sports that will keep you entertained during your entire trip. And the best part? We offer cute and quaint North Carolina cabin rentals in the mountains that are perfect for solo trips, couple’s getaway weekends, and friends’ excursions.
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Best Hiking Trails in the Yadkin Valley
If you are staying in one of our cozy and quaint cabins in the Yadkin Valley, chances are you want to get outside and see all that the surrounding area has to offer! Fortunately for you, there is an endless trail network that winds you through the Blue Ridge Mountains in the most picturesque section of North Carolina. Let’s check out the top trails for beginners, moderate athletes, and elite hikers to tackle during their stay with us.
Cub Creek Park — One of the best outdoor spots to check out during your stay in the Yadkin Valley is Cub Creek Park. This green space is perfectly situated right in the heart of Wilkesboro, offering flat and paved cycle pathways for those who need something a bit easy and shaded paths for hikers who want to continue further on.
Dark Mountain Trails — Another choice to visit during a spring or fall visit to the Yadkin Valley is the Dark Mountain Trails to see the changing of the leaves on the trees. We recommend heading here with a mountain bike and your helmet to whizz down the dirt and leaf-covered trails.
Elkin Valley Trails Association — The people of this area take their outdoor sports and activities seriously, which is a good thing! This means the trail networks are expansive, and they are well taken care of. The Elkin Valley Trails Association works with the rail-trail network to connect footpaths and biking paths between Yadkin, Sury, and Wilkes counties for your adventure pleasure!
Mountains-to-Sea Trail — The Mountains to Sea Trail is an ongoing network that will soon connect over 1,000 miles of foot and bike trails to the Outer Banks from the Smoky Mountains National Park — stay tuned to take on this expansive feat!
Surrey Scenic Byway — One of the most popular trails to do during your time in the Yadkin Valley is part, or all, of the Surry Scenic Byway. This 500+ mile path through the countryside, historic sites, wineries, small towns, and mountain pathways has something for everyone. We recommend finding one of the best sections near your cabin to tackle during an all-day trip!
Yadkin River Paddle Trail — The Yadkin River Paddle Trail is a multi-day trail that spans over 140 miles between High Rock Lake and Wilkesboro. If you bring your bike with you on your relaxing holiday, this could be a great full-day or two-day trip for you and your guests!
Best Restaurants Post-Hike in the Yadkin Valley
After a full day of cycling, hiking, birdwatching, or strolling along the nature paths with your children, it is time to get something to eat! But where should you go? Check out the best restaurants to head to post-hike that are sure to fill you up with local and fresh food from the surrounding area.
Happy Valley Filling Station — This casual and laid-back brewery and pizza spot in Lenoir is situated along the Yadkin River, making it the ideal spot to head to for some grub after you soak your feet in the flowing water. There really is nothing better than getting an ice-cold pint of beer after a hard hike and lining your stomach with some thick-crust pizza! We recommend getting the Ms. Figgy White pizza with bacon, fig, arugula, chevre, mozzarella, and balsamic drizzle. Or, if you would rather have a red pizza, grab the Mr. Piggy with soppressata, sausage, chilis, red onions, mozzarella, and red sauce.
Angry Troll Brewing — nobody will be angry when they head here! The endless beer selection is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. Check out their current taproom menu to see the beers on draft, with fan favorites like the Sunshine Zombie Wheat IPA beer, Stay Classy Elkin IPA American beer, or Flesh Gourdon pumpkin beer.
After a beer, it is time to grab some food. We recommend getting the beer battered fries with ketchup and ranch to split with the table, or the pork skins with ranch spice pub sauce and ranch. For a main dish, you can’t go wrong with pairing a huge platter of wings with your beer — and the best part is that YOU get to choose the heat scale for your sauce! If you would rather have something a bit more filling, try one of their famous burgers, like the mushroom and Swiss burger with local beef, sauteed mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.
Barking Coyote Kitchen — if you are in the mood for a filling sandwich and farm-style vibes, this is the place to be! Head here to sit outside at their lovely farm, grab a slice of fresh quiche, try one of their sweet baked goods, order a customized sandwich, and then pick up some items at the local farm store! We recommend getting some fresh baked granola and scones to take home with you.
Dirty Joe’s Coffee — If you finish a hot hike early in the day, it is time to head to a coffee shop to cool down with an ice-cold drink! We recommend heading to Dirty Joe’s and grabbing one of their specialty drinks, like the Black cherry mocha, Buttery chai latte, Cinnamon sugar red velvet latte, or iced sweetened raspberry tea. Pair your sweet drink with a smoothie for a healthy way to start the day or grab one of their buttery and flaky pastries and sit outside in the bright sunshine post-hike!
Accommodation in Yadkin Valley, NC
Not sure where to stay during your upcoming trip? Carolina Getaway Cabins takes care of all of the hard work, so all you have to do is book the home of your dreams and show up! Browse online on our website to select the perfect cabins in Yadkin Valley, NC based on your dates, bedroom requests, and the number of guests.
You can browse our properties online before booking to see which one meets all of your unique preferences. Look at homes suitable for couples’ romantic weekends, 4- to 5-bedroom homes for larger families, 6- to 8-bedroom houses for big groups, pet-friendly accommodations so you can bring your pup, and those with outdoor space.
No matter what you need, we can get it for you! Carolina Getaway Cabins is a premier property management business that offers a wide range of houses and cabins that can suit any of your preferences and requirements. We make the booking process as seamless and easy as possible so that you can remain stress-free both before and during your stay with us. If you are in the mood to have an unforgettable vacation, use us to help you book your trip!