Wilson Creek

Wilson Creek – National Wild and Scenic River

It has been 20 years since Wilson Creek was designated by Congress as a National Wild and Scenic River, and it is difficult to fathom just how many locals and others who Visit Lenoir & the NC Foothills have spent time enjoying the splendor of the more than 49 acres of wilderness with a meandering 23.3-mile stream.

Wilson Creek

If you are looking for breath-taking views that include whitewater rapids, 4,000-foot ridges, and amazing waterfalls, you simply must put a visit to Wilson Creek on your to-do list. Whether you choose to enjoy the area on horseback, as a backpacker, on a mountain bike, camping, fishing, kayaking, sunbathing, rock climbing, tubing, swimming, or hiking, you’ll take home amazing memories to last a lifetime.

Wilson Creek is one of many choices you’ll have for outdoor recreation when you visit this beautiful area. As a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, the Grandfather district of the Pisgah National Forest is a wonderful vacation destination. We have to warn you, your visit could end up lasting the rest of your life as it is a great place to retire or raise a family. By the way, be sure to check out the end where the creek drops through a 200-foot deep gorge that makes a perfect photo-op! You can also learn more about the area by stopping at the Wilson Creek Visitor Center during your visit.

When planning your trip to this beautiful area, we suggest taking a route through Caldwell County on the way to and/or from Wilson Creek. There are many great options for meals and accommodations to start your adventure off right and then help you unwind at the end of the day. For example, you can sample some of the delightful comfort food at Perkz Café or one of the other amazing restaurants in the area.  As for accommodations, you are sure to find something to suit your needs, whether you want to stick close to nature by camping or renting a cabin or prefer a lovely bed and breakfast or a more traditional hotel.