Directions to Kerr Scott Trails

From Winston-Salem, Greensboro, the Triangle and other points east:

  • From I-40 west in Winston-Salem, exit right onto U.S. 421 north (exit 188) toward Wilkesboro.
  • Travel approximately 49 miles on U.S. 421 north.
  • Take the N.C. 268 exit (exit 286B) in Wilkesboro.
  • Turn left at the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp.
  • ¬†Look for the large W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir sign.
  • To access the Overmountain Victory Trail and the Visitor Center, drive west on NC 268 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.4 mile and turn left at the Visitor Assistance Center sign.
  • To access Dark Mountain, drive west on NC 268 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.8 mile. Cross the dam and turn left at the flagpole to reach the parking area and trailhead.
  • To access Warrior Creek, drive west on NC 268 approximately 8 miles. Turn right at the campground sign and follow the access road to the campground.

From Charlotte, Mooresville, Statesville and other points south:

  • From I-77 north, exit right onto U.S. 421 north (exit 73-B) toward Wilkesboro.
  • Travel approximately 22 miles on U.S. 421 north.
  • Take the N.C. 268 exit (exit 286B) in Wilkesboro.
  • Turn left at the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp.
  • To access the Overmountain Victory Trail and the Visitor Center, drive west on NC 268 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.4 mile and turn left at the Visitor Assistance Center sign.
  • To access Dark Mountain, drive west on NC 268 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.8 mile. Cross the dam and turn left at the flagpole to reach the parking area and trailhead.
  • To access Warrior Creek, drive west on NC 268 approximately 8 miles. Turn right at the campground sign and follow the access road to the campground.

From Boone, West Jefferson and points west:

  • Take U.S. 421 south to the N.C. 268 exit (exit 286B).
  • Turn right at the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp.
  • To access the Overmountain Victory Trail and the Visitor Center, drive west on NC 268 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.4 mile and turn left at the Visitor Assistance Center sign.
  • To access Dark Mountain, drive west on NC 268 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.8 mile. Cross the dam and turn left at the flagpole to reach the parking area and trailhead.
  • To access Warrior Creek, drive west on NC 268 approximately 8 miles. Turn right at the campground sign and follow the access road to the campground.

From Lenoir, Taylorsville, Hickory and Morganton:

  • From N.C. 16-18 north, turn left onto U.S. 421 north (toward Boone).
  • Take the N.C. 268 exit (exit 286B) in Wilkesboro. (It’s the first exit on U.S. 421 past N.C. 16-18.)
  • Turn left at the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp.
  • To access the Overmountain Victory Trail and the Visitor Center, drive west on NC 268 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.4 mile and turn left at the Visitor Assistance Center sign.
  • To access Dark Mountain, drive west on NC 268 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road at the big “W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir” sign. Proceed 0.8 mile. Cross the dam and turn left at the flagpole.
  • To access Warrior Creek, drive west on NC 268 approximately 8 miles. Turn right at the campground sign and follow the access road to the campground.