Help us celebrate the opening of the Yadkin River Trailhead

Aug 16, 2023

SPENCER – The long-awaited Yadkin River Park Trailhead will officially open to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.

This location has much historical significance as a settlement and trading ford for the Native American Sapona Tribe, 16th-century Spanish exploration and travel, the Revolutionary War engagement and escape by Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis and his troops, the railroad bridge and the Battle of York Hill during the Civil War, and the NC Finishing Plant and Village of Yadkin during the Great Depression and World War II. The Trailhead will continue to be a pivotal spot for recreation as the future connection to Downtown Spencer and the Carolina Thread Trail.

The Yadkin River Park Trailhead won the Centralina Improving Quality of Life Small Community Award for utilizing cooperative volunteerism to expand community, recreational, and transportation opportunities. The new trailhead offers seamless connectivity between Rowan County and amenities on the Davidson County side of Yadkin River Park. The park enhances nearby properties by leveraging scenic views of the river, expands recreational opportunities for families, and offers carbon-free transportation alternatives for commuters.

“We are building a model small Town for all of North Carolina, and adding big opportunities to live, play, and work,” said Mayor Williams. “We thank the selection committee for recognizing our efforts and are proud to collaborate with an outstanding group of partners on this project.”

Various partners on the project include Benesch, Hall Contracting Corporation, Davidson County, Friends of Rowan, the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation, the Carolina Thread Trail, NC State Parks Recreational Trail Program, and Rowan County. The project was funded through grants and donations from the noted partners, with just under 10 percent of the project funded by allocating $71,000 of our ARPA Supplanted Funds towards this project.

2023 is the Year of the Trail in North Carolina, and Rowan County’s Creek Week begins on September 16th, with the Race to the River finish line at the Yadkin River Trailhead.

Town’s Contact Information:
Name: Joe Morris
Title: Special Projects Planner
Address: 460 South Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, NC 28159
Phone:  704-633-2231

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