• Opie: “Paw, what kind of bait are you putting on my line?"

    Andy: “Why, that's fish-catching bait. That's the idea, you know, to catch fish.”

    There’s such beauty in so many places around Mount Airy to enjoy. Adventure seekers will enjoy hiking Pilot Mountain State Park, riding down the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway or horseback riding on the Sauratown Trails. And like Opie and Andy, there’s plenty of fishing to be done or just relaxing in the comforts of nature.

    Are you ready to play?

Recreation - Parks

Ararat River Greenway Trail
350 Riverside Dr.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

The Ararat River Greenway is a paved 2.2-mile paved Greenway Trail from Riverside Park to Tharrington Park )beside Tharrington Elementary School). This section of the Ararat River has been restored and is a great area for wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing, and trout fishing. The entire length of the Greenway Trail is stocked with trout. There are multiple canoe/kayak/tube launch stations along the trail as well as multiple areas for sitting by the river. A restroom is available halfway down the trail, off on a side trail to the environmental park. Restrooms are also available at Riverside Park.
When exploring, look for TRACK (Trails Ridges and Active Caring Kids) Trail Adventure guides along the trail or online at www.kidsinparks.com. Created by the Blue Ridge Foundation, the guides offer educational opportunities for children.

Blue Ridge Parkway


Local Phone: (828) 298 0398

Mount Airy is only 14 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s most visited National park. The Blue Ridge Parkway connects the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Visitors enjoy the slow-paced and relaxing drive along 469 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Parkway can be accessed at Fancy Gap at U.S. 77.

Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tours
1085 Nickell Farm Rd.

Westfield NC

Local Phone: (336) 972-7656

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Carolina Ziplines is a 30-minute drive from downtown Mount Airy and features two different courses. Each tour consists of 8 to 10 cables. Carolina Ziplines also offers a low-ropes course for team building and school groups. Lantern tours are available for groups of two or more. More information about rates and reservations.

Fisher River Park
381 County Home Rd.

Dobson NC

Local Phone: (336) 401-8235

Fisher River Park features three baseball and softball fields, one regulation soccer field, and one peewee soccer field. Also located in the park are volleyball courts, basketball courts and horseshoe pits. There is a ¾-mile paved walking trail along with a challenging mountain biking trail. There are two playgrounds for children along with picnic shelters and grilling stations for groups.

Hanging Rock State Park
1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd.

Danbury NC

Local Phone: (336) 593-8480

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Known for its dramatic natural setting in the Sauratown Mountains, Hanging Rock State Park offers a variety of land and water activities. Park amenities include camping, cabin rentals, swimming, row boating, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, and horseback riding. Hanging Rock State Park is open November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; March, October 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; April, May, September 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and June-August 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Pilot Mountain State Park
1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd.

Pinnacle NC

Local Phone: (336) 325-2355

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Rising 1,400 feet above the countryside below, the Native Americans called it “Jomeoke,” meaning “great guide” or “pilot.” Pilot Mountain State Park is known for its Big Pinnacle peak seen from all directions in the park. The mountain section of Pilot Mountain State park contains the visitor center, access to the pinnacles, parking, picnic area, camping, and restrooms. Park activities include bird watching, camping, educational activities, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing.

Primland Resort Mountain Biking
2000 Busted Rock Rd.

Meadows of Dan VA

Local Phone: (866) 673-7802

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Primland Resort Mountain Biking offers the perfect opportunity to explore their private woodland paradise and 50-mile-long vistas through their self-guided or guided mountain biking tours on 12,000 acres located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Bikers can also enjoy the luxury lodge and spa along with hunting, star gazing, horseback riding, and more.

Riverside Park Mount Airy
350 Riverside Dr.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

Just on the outskirts of downtown Mount Airy is Riverside Park, a recreation facility with a soccer field, skateboarding plaza, playground, picnic shelters, restrooms, and basketball courts. It also has a greenway for hiking and biking along with a canoe launch for river activities in the Ararat River. The park is also the upstream boundary of the newest stretch of delayed-harvest trout water. Park hours are dawn to dusk.

Stone Mountain State Park
3042 Frank Parkway

Roaring Gap NC

Local Phone: (336) 957-8185

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It’s not hard to miss the 600-foot igneous dome that rises 2,305 feet above the forest floor at Stone Mountain State Park. Park activities include camping, educational programs, exhibits, fly fishing, picnicking, rock climbing, hiking, and horseback riding. There are two loop roads with 88 sites for tent campers and recreational vehicles. Some sites have water and electric hookups along with a dump station for RVs.

Westwood Park
1297 Galax Trail

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

Westwood Park features a 9-hole, par 34 disc golf course with plenty of green grass, elevation, and trees for difficult shots. The park is a wooded site with nature trails, lighted ball fields, playground equipment, mountain biking trails, restroom facilities, and a community-fishing reservoir. The six miles of mountain biking trails takes riders through steep climbs and descents along with log and creek crossings.

Westwood Park Disc Golf Course
1297 Galax Trail

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

Westwood Park Disc Golf Course in Mount Airy features a 9-hole, par 34 disc golf course with plenty of green grass, elevation, and trees for difficult shots. There are great fairways with twenty-foot-wide swaths through trees with intended flight paths.

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