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 the traveler will see 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 chapel and final resting place of civil war generals and soldiers, Fort Defiance - the 18th century home of Revolutionary War hero General William Lenoir, the Patterson School - an educational retreat and incubator farm, Laura Foster's grave, and the site of the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers convention. 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-acre recreational area for camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking.
Clockwise: Beautiful wedding at the Chapel of Rest, Rock stacking in the Yadkin River, Laura Foster's grave - from the Legend of Tom Dooley, Foraging for Mushrooms class lead by instructors at Patterson School