• 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 - Water Activities

Ararat River Fishing


Local Phone: (888) 248-6834

Thanks to a multimillion-dollar restoration project, a two-mile section of the river was designated as delayed-harvest stream, which is posted with black-and-white signs. Ararat River Fishing is open from Oct. 1 to May 31 with a catch-and-release system is in effect and is restricted to single-hook artificial lures. From June 1 until September 30, the status changes to hatchery-supported and a daily limit of seven fish is in effect.

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.

Beechnut Family Campground
315 Beechnut Ln.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 320-3802

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Beechnut Family Campground is located just a few minutes from downtown Mount Airy off of Interstate 75 and four miles from Interstate 77. Beechnut Family Campground has water and electric hook-ups along with tenting areas for tent campers. The campground has three fishing ponds and a volleyball court. There are three swimming pools along with the Hurricane Hazel water slide. Overnight and day passes are available.

Big Elkin Creek
226 North Bridge St.

Elkin NC

Local Phone: (336) 794-6464

Big Elkin Creek is a part of the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s Community Fishing Program and is an excellent location for channel catfish. Bank fishing is available at the Elkin Recreation Center along with handicapped-accessible areas. The stream is stocked monthly from May until September with 10- to 12-inch channel catfish. Nearby, there is a playground and public restrooms.

Fisher River Fishing


Local Phone: (888) 248-6834

The hatchery-supported Fisher River is a tributary of the Yadkin River. Trout can be found in the northern sections of Fisher River along with smallmouth and largemouth bass in the lower sections of the river. A public access area is located at Fisher River Park near Dobson. Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day on hatchery-supported rivers from April until the end of February. Come enjoy beautiful Fisher River Fishing.

Fly Fish Mayberry – Fishing Guide and Instruction Service

 North Carolina

Local Phone: 239-821-0239

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Welcome to Fly Fish Mayberry, headquartered in picturesque Surry County, North Carolina near historic Downtown Mt. Airy and just 25 minutes from Winston-Salem.

  • Fly Fishing Instruction and Education (Group and individual fly fishing lessons, clinics and seminars).
  • At Fly Fish Mayberry, we offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in the Northwest corner of North Carolina. From the Ararat River in downtown Mount Airy, to the wildest blue line headwaters along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we strive to custom design your trip based on current conditions, time of year and what you hope to get out of a day on the water.
  • Custom Rods & Handcrafted Tackle (We create personalized Tenkara rods and hand tie our own flies.)

Specializing in Tenkara fishing, a type of fly fishing that is easy to learn, relaxing and fun for the whole family to serious anglers, we also offer Western fly fishing and all fly fishing instruction, custom rods and handcrafted tackle.

Your customized fishing trip is based on current conditions, time of year, weather and productive areas. Within a short drive, we fish some of the most prolific trout waters in the Northwest Corner of the state: these are some of the most beautiful and untouched river systems in the world. Guided fishing charters to Virginia, Tennessee and internationally are also available with US Coast Guard Master Licensed Captain Kevin Merritt.

Private and group lessons are available for beginning and advanced anglers to brush up on skills or learn new techniques. Even if you’ve never held a fly rod, this is the fast track to getting on the water. Master classes and fishing trips also available.

To book a lesson, fishing charter or order a custom rod or tackle, call 239-821-0239 or email us at [email protected]

Visit the website at www.flyfishcarolina.com for more information and photos!

Homeplace Recreational Park
136 Homeplace Park Rd.

Ararat NC

Local Phone: (336) 374-5173

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Known for having one of the largest swimming pools in the region, Homeplace Recreational Park is a full-service campground with a swimming pool, separate diving pool, rope swing, waterslide, and kiddy play area. Other activities include game room, volleyball, playground, basketball, horseshoes, fishing and miniature golf. There are 150 campsites with full hook-ups. Campsite amenities include picnic tables, ice machine, dump station, group picnic shelter, coin laundry, drink machine and a snack bar.

Kapps Mill Kayak Rentals
690 Devotion Road

Thurmond NC

Local Phone: 336-366-2509

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Kapps Mill Kayak Rentals is located near Dobson, NC on the Mitchell River, which is very good river for the first timers – mostly shallow water, flowing at a slow pace with no whitewater.
There are a few little runs on this river, but nothing scary.
They offer a 45 min. trip called the mini-run for $10.00 per kayak and also a 2-hour run for $20.00 per kayak.
Family rates or group rate available for 4 or more people. Must call by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you plan on kayaking to check for availabity and to reserve kayaks. They offer top-sit kayaks, sit-in kayaks and two-person kayaks. Call 336-366-2509 for reservations or more information.

Little Fisher River


Local Phone: (888) 248-6834

The Little Fisher River, from the Virginia state line to the N.C. 89 bridge, is a 7.8-mile hatchery-supported stream stocked with brook, rainbow, and brown trout between March and July. Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day on hatchery-supported rivers from April until the end of February. Hatchery-supported trout waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after sunset on the last day of February the following year.

Mitchell River Fishing


Local Phone: (888) 248-6834

Mitchell River Fishing includes a delayed-harvest stream, which means 0.6 miles of the river from S.R. 1333 to the S.R. 1330 bridge below Kapps Mill Dam is a catch-and-release system from Oct. 1 until May 31. Starting on June 1, the status changes to a hatchery-supported designation with a daily limit of seven fish. A public access point is provided on Zephyr-Mountain Park Road, off of Mount Park Road, just north of Elkin.

Paul’s Creek Fishing


Local Phone: (888) 248-6834

Paul’s Creek is a 2.5-mile hatchery-supported stream located in the northern-most part of Surry County from the Virginia line to 0.3 miles below S.R. 1625 bridge. The stream is stocked with brook, rainbow, and brown trout between March and July. Trout season in this section opens on the first Saturday in April and has a seven-trout-per-day limit.  Trout season closes on the last day of February. Come enjoy Paul’s Creek Fishing!

ProHealth Fitness Center
280 North Pointe Blvd.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-4133

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The ProHealth Fitness Center is a privately owned fitness center with fitness programs, indoor waking tracking, gym, and weight room. The center has an indoor heated pool for aquatic fitness classes and free swim.

Reeves Community Center
113 S Renfro St.  

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

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The Reeves Community Center has both an indoor and outdoor pool. Open swim is available every Monday through Friday, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., Saturdays, from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Sundays, from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Monday and Wednesdays, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Family night swims are available every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Rocky Forest River Run – Kayaking and Tubing

Elkin NC

Local Phone: 336-469-8652 or 336-835-3890

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Rocky Forest River Run is a Kayak, Canoe and Tube outfitter in Elkin who welcome everyone to come paddle with RFRR and enjoy the Yadkin River’s winding journey through Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin counties.

They offer 2 – 6 hour trips via sit in or sit on top kayaks, as well as canoes and tubes on Friday afternoons, Saturdays & Sundays.

Call to book your River Run.  Contact Cindy at 336-469-8652 or 336-835-3890 and leave a message if unavailable.

Also, like them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/rockyforestriverrun

Rocky Forest River Run is owned and operated by a local couple who have always enjoyed the water. They offer kayaking, canoeing, and tubing, with shuttle service, on 2 to 6 hour trips. Choose from kayaking, canoeing or tubing! They offer rentals as well as shuttle service for those who have their own boats/tubes. Each self-guided rental includes a boat of choice, paddle or oars, and a PFD.

For those who enjoy fishing, bring your rods and reels on the trip! There are a few shoals along the way that create some fun on your trip! Don’t forget to watch for wildlife, including birds, ducks, herons, geese, and turtles! They are open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call for reservations!




Tumbling Rock Reservoir in Westwood Park
1297 Galax Trail

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

Also a part of the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s Community Fishing Program, Tumbling Rock Reservoir in Westwood Park is stocked with channel catfish. Largemouth bass, redear sunfish, and bluegill were previously stocked into Tumbling Rock Reservoir. This is a great location for bank fishing with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier.

Yadkin River Adventures
104 Old Rockford Rd.

Rockford NC

Local Phone: (336) 374-5318

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Yadkin River Adventures is a full service outfitter for family fun on the Yadkin River. We offer canoeing, kayaking, fishing and overnight paddle and camping trips. Make reservations.

Yadkin River Fishing


Local Phone: (888) 248-6834

The Yadkin River provides the opportunity to catch bass (smallmouth, spotted, and largemouth), sunfish, catfish, and suckers.  Access points are available at Crater Park in Elkin, the U.S. 601 bridge, Rockford, and at Shoals Road, north of East Bend (access points at U.S. 601 and Shoals Road are on the Yadkin County side of the river). Call today to find out more about scheduling your Yadkin River Fishing trip.

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