Yadkin River Trail

The Donnaha Yadkin River Access will be closed starting on March 15th, 2021 through the Fall of 2023 to replace the Highway 67 bridge across the Yadkin River. 

The Yadkin River Trail is a blueway, which is a water path or trail that has launch points, camping locations, and points of interest for canoeists, paddle boarders, and kayakers. Blueways are typically developed by state, county, or local municipalities to encourage recreation, ecological education, and preservation of wildlife resources.

The Yadkin River Trail is designated as a State Blueway Trail and includes High Rock Lake, Tuckertown Reservoir, and Lake Tillery, with a connected series of river access points from Wilkes County to Montgomery County, including four in Yadkin County (Shoals, Donnaha, Huntsville, and Shore). Yadkin County maintains three river access sites on the Yadkin River: Donnaha Yadkin River Access, Shores Yadkin River Access, Huntsville Yadkin River Access. Below is a list of all access that are on the Yadkin River in close proximity to Yadkin County.



Maintained by

Distance to next Public Access

Ronda1934 Clingman Road, Ronda NC 28670Town of Ronda, 336-835-20616.8 miles
Crater Park In Elkin310 Standard St., Elkin NC 28621Elkin Recreation and Parks, 336-258-89176.9 miles
Rocky Forest River Run (Private)( Reservations Required) https://rockyforestriverrun.com/172 Rocky Forest Trail, Elkin NCRocky Forest River Run, 336-469-86523.5 miles
Burch Station At Mitchell River100 Greenwood Circle, Elkin NC 28621Surry County 336-401-82354.7 miles
Yadkin/Shore10374 US 601, Dobson NC 27017Yadkin Co. Recreation Dept, 336-679-422816.8 miles
Shoals4726 Shoals Rd, Pinnacle NC 27043Pilot Mountain State Park, 336-444-51006.8 miles
Donnaha7300 Donnaha Rd, Tobaccoville NC 27050Yadkin County Recreation Dept, 336-679-42286.7 miles (includes mandatory portage)
Old 421 Park7695 Yadkinville Rd, Lewisville NC 27023Forsyth County Parks and Rec, 336-778-63005.4 miles
HuntsvilleSR1001, Yadkinville NC 27055-under the Yadkin River bridgeYadkin County Parks and Recreation 336-679-422810.8 miles
Tanglewood4061 Clemmons Rd, Clemmons, NC 27012Forsyth County Parks and Rec, 336-778-630016.7 miles (includes mandatory portage)

River Safety Tips

  1. Always wear a life jacket. It cannot save you if it is not on your body. It is extremely difficult if not impossible to put on a life jacket once you are in the water.
  2. Know your skill limits and stay within them.
  3. Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.
  4. Be aware of all take-out points, river hazards, and water levels.
  5. Even shallow water can move fast and be dangerous, especially around bridge piers/piling, rocks, and downed trees.
  6. If you are stand-up paddling, wear a quick-release safety leash that will keep your board connected to you but can be easily detached if it becomes entangled.
  7. Alcohol and boating do not mix.
  8. Always let someone know where and when you will be paddling. Let them know when you are off the river.
  9. Do not overload your paddle craft. 
  10. Avoid paddling or floating after storms. Water quality can be impaired and increased debris can be in the river.

Click for Yadkin River Trail Map

USGS Yadkin River Data Elkin NC

USGS Yadkin River Data Enon NC

US Coast Guard Safety Information for Recreational Boaters 

American Canoe and Kayak Association Educational Videos