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Yadkin River in North Carolina

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

This report covers a short (5 miles/2 hours) trip down the central section of the Yadkin River just west of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The river is very pleasant and gives you an excellent feeling of solitude, event though you are never really very far from civilization. On my trip I did not see another human for the entire two hours.

The river during summer is not difficult, with some shallow spots, but no rapids, with about a 2 mph current. The water level was adequate for kayaks, but would have been more challenging for canoes, as a number of rock shelves and boulders could have grounded most canoes.

I used the local outfitter, Yadkin River Adventures ( and found them to be excellent. The owner, Paul, was very easy to work with and the hot dogs at the general store were the best.

I would recommend this trip, or the longer 8 mile full day trip, for anyone looking for peace and quiet and a lovely little slow river.


Yadkin River Adventures: Full service outfitter and even a great place to eat at the Rockford location.


$30 for 12' new kayak, paddle, PFD and shuttle service.


West out of Winston-Salem on NC 67, then through the woods to Rockford. Excellent directions on web site.

Trip Details

  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location