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Fly Fish Mayberry – Fishing Guide and Instruction Service

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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 for more information and photos!

Summer Fun in Mount Airy, NC – “Mountains, Music, Mayberry, Merlot”

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

There is plenty of summer fun for the entire family in Mount Airy, North Carolina. This is also a perfect place for girlfriend getaways, family reunions, and romantic vacations!
There are many outdoor recreation opportunities in the cooler forests, our beautiful mountain streams & rivers, local swimming pools and parks, unique shopping, farmers markets, and so much more, you will always find something to do in this area!
Grab a picnic from one of our local markets, produce stands, or delis, and get ready for a summertime adventure in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Reeves Community Center: Reeves Community Center is Surry County’s largest recreation center, located at 113 S. Renfro Street in Mount Airy. The facility offers day passes or week passes for visitors, who will receive full use of the facility, including the indoor and outdoor pools, state of the art gym/exercise equipment, and a variety of fitness classes.


Homeplace Recreational Park: Homeplace, located at 258 Homeplace Park Road in Ararat, NC, features Surry County’s largest pool, as well as a waterslide, separate diving area, a rope swing, and a sloped and carpeted child’s entry area. There is also a snack bar, a campground, miniature golf, picnic shelters, and more.

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Beechnut Park: Beechnut, located at 315 Beechnut Lane in Mount Airy, NC, offers a family campground, several pools, a zipline, a fishing pond, a snack bar, and more! The campground offers day passes.

Hanging Rock State Park: Hanging Rock State Park, located about 30 minutes away from Mount Airy in nearby Stokes County at 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road in Danbury, NC, features a swimming lake with lifeguards, as well as paddle boat and row boat rentals. The park also offers a campground, rental cabins, many trails, waterfalls, a cave, and more.




With 4 rivers in Surry County, water recreation is part of life here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Pack up your fishing gear and a variety of fishing opportunities – stocked trout streams as well as stocked fishing ponds! If you forgot your fishing gear, don’t worry, we have several options, including Robby’s in Downtown Mount Airy!

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For river fishing, try the Ararat River Greenway Trail/Riverside Park in Mount Airy, only a few blocks away from downtown! The NC Wildlife Commission stocks it with trout and it is known as one of the best trout-fishing spots in the entire area. Also try fishing at Fisher River Park and on the Yadkin River in the Western part of Surry County. For pond fishing, check out Tumbling Rock Reservoir at Westwood Park in Mount Airy, which is stocked with catfish, bass, and more! Also, check out Big Elkin Creek in Elkin, NC. For more information about fishing opportunities, call 336-786-6116.


Surry County has 4 rivers running through our beautiful countryside, and all offer opportunities for fishing and canoeing. We are blessed with pristine streams and rivers nestled in rural settings, protected from development. These waterways run straight off of the Blue Ridge Mountains and feature pristine water conditions!  The Yadkin River, Surry’s largest, flows along the county’s southern border, while the Mitchell River meanders through western Surry, each offering spectacular unspoiled natural beauty. The Ararat River flows through Mount Airy, with an entry point at Riverside Park and a take-out at Tharrington Park. Paddling opportunities are ever-expanding, thanks due to ongoing stream-preservation and reclamation efforts. Call 336.401.8390 for more information.

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Swimming and tubing is recommended only for adults and children with adult supervision who are strong swimmers – river swimming is at your own risk!

Ararat River Greenway Trail at Riverside Park with multiple access points
850 Riverside Drive, Mount Airy, NC 27030
Greenway Trail information –

Kapps Mill Kayak Trips
690 Devotion Road
Thurmond, NC 28683
[email protected]

Yadkin Valley River Adventures
Full-service outfitter with canoe, kayak, and fishing trips. Shuttle service and overnight trips available
Located across from Rockford General Store.
104 Old Rockford Road, Dobson, NC 27017 (call for directions or visit not use GPS)
[email protected]


The sky is the limit with picnic options in this area – from your own homemade packed lunches, featuring local produce from our farmers markets or local produce stands, or call ahead for a box lunch prepared from a local deli! Take advantage of the grills offered at several rental shelters for large gatherings, or simply order take out from your favorite local restaurant and dine in the great outdoors at one of our many parks! Be sure to check out Mill Creek General Store, located at 541 W. Pine Street in Mount airy, who offer take-out or dine-in deli sandwiches and a wide variety of specialty foods and local items. The Mount Airy Farmers Market is held in the parking lot of Mill Creek General Store from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday, from May through October.

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After you pack your picnic basket, head to a local park, such as Pilot Mountain State Park, Riverside Park in Mount Airy, Westwood Park in Mount Airy, Fisher River Park and Dobson Square Park in Dobson, Stone Mountain State Park in the Elkin area, or drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, only 15-20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy!

Country Drives
Take a drive out to Rockford General Store in the Dobson area, located on 574 Rockford Road. Don’t depend on GPS though – instead visit Rockford General Store’s website for specific directions!

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Rockford General Store opened in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in our former county seat of Rockford. They feature great food inside as well as antiques, hoop cheese, glass bottle drinks, old-fashioned candy, and more! Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns are baked FRESH every single day! They are also the site of the yearly Sweet Potato Festival and the Civil War Living History Weekend.

Surry Sonker Trail

“Sonker” is a delicious deep dish pie-style dessert that is unique to this area! Local historians can trace its roots back to the pioneer days when this area was first settled, and it may have Scottish or Irish origins. Until recently, this type of dessert was only found at family meals, church suppers, and grandma’s table, but now we have 7 restaurants/bakeries in Surry County serving up sonker on a daily basis! Take a trip on our country roads that connect our communities and eat dessert all along the way! Check out the website at for more information!

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More ideas for country drives:

Take a trip up the mountain on one of our scenic, winding “gap roads” with most ending either on or in the vicinity of the Blue Ridge Parkway! These roads include Piper’s Gap Road, Orchard Gap Road, and more!

Travel on 268 W from Pilot Mountain, through Dobson, to Elkin, for a nice drive through the countryside!

Take the scenic drive to Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County by driving on Hwy 89 E from Mount Airy’s Bannertown community, instead of traveling the main roads!

And don’t forget the ICE CREAM!!!

Here in Downtown Mount Airy, we have multiple locations for delicious ice cream and ice cream treats, such as Hillbilly Ice Cream Parlor (next to Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies); Walker’s Soda Fountain for your favorite shakes, old-fashioned malts, and sundaes; Opie’s Candy Store; and more!

Also, don’t miss Scoops Ice Cream & Such off of Hwy 89 in the Lowgap/Beulah community just outside of Mount Airy. Scoops is a unique ice cream parlor in a refurbished camper van, owned by a metal artist who’s workshop is behind the parlor. There is a three-level deck system with water wheels and sculptures, as well as a sculpture garden and nature path in the forest next door! It is a lovely, hidden treasure in Surry County!


For more information on Mount Airy, North Carolina, please visit our website at .

For more information on Surry County, North Carolina, including the cities of Mount Airy, Elkin, Pilot Mountain, and Dobson, visit the website at

Autumn in Mount Airy, North Carolina: We Love Fall!

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Mount Airy, with the splendor of the beautiful leaf colors, local apples and produce, weather that’s warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, but also cool enough to enjoy sitting around campfires and fire pits. From campgrounds to hotels, from cabins to vacation rental homes, we have a wide variety of accommodations available – you can even stay in Andy Griffith’s home place (available through Hampton Inn). This is the first of three “Autumn in Mount Airy, NC: We Love Fall” blogs!

While planning your vacation, consider the following activities and excursions:

Local Produce and Apple Orchards

Be sure to visit our local stores for produce and other locally-grown and produced products. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a picnic in one of our beautiful parks, complete with local produce.  Be sure to buy a bushel of apples to share with family and friends!

Mike Jones Produce

Located across Highway 52 from Mayberry Mall, at 804 Merita Street in Mount Airy, Mike Jones Produce is well-known across the region for providing excellent produce and wonderful customer service. “From Apples to Zucchini, we have it all” is their slogan and they are open six days per week, with prices that will make your jaw drop! They also carry local honey, apple butter, cheese, country hams, and much more! They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The apple prices are unbelievable – check out the photos below! They even have old-fashioned pie pumpkins, grown locally! Perfect for Thanksgiving!

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A Walk in the Woods – Enjoy the outdoors during all four seasons in Mount Airy, NC!

Mount Airy, NC is lucky to have multiple parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy the beauty of all four seasons. We have two Greenway Trails in town – the Emily B. Taylor Greenway at Lovill’s Creek and the Ararat River Greenway Trail, which runs along the river between Riverside Park on Riverside Drive and Tharrington School Park on Bluff Street. They Greenway Trails are flat and perfect for walking, jogging, riding bikes, kayaking, and/or just enjoying the day. There are plenty of spots along the way to picnic, fish, or just sit by the river and watch the water roll by! The Ararat River is stocked with trout every year, so it’s a great spot for fishing!
Riverside Park is also a favorite spot for locals and visitors, with two picnic shelters, a huge playground, basketball court, outdoor skateboard park, and public restrooms. Riverside Park is located very close to Downtown Mount Airy!

Scenes from Riverside Park:



Don’t forget about our list of accommodations at as well as our section for special, seasonal travel packages:


We have many local orchards, within a 30 minute drive of Mount Airy, and some offer pick-your-own apples! Check out the list below:

Ayers Orchards

72 McAyers Road

Cana, VA 24317

Carroll County

Phone: (276) 755-4126

Open: May 30 – November 1; 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday, Saturday hours vary. Call for times

Directions: —
From Mount Airy – Take Renfro Street and go straight. This will turn into Wards Gap Road in Virginia. Turn left on Timber Road, then turn left on McAyers Road.
From Wytheville Virginia: Interstate 77 to Exit #2 – Fancy Gap. At the stop sign turn left. Take Highway 52 South for 8 miles. Turn left on State Road 686, Epworth Road. Go to stop sign, turn left on State Road 679, Wards Gap Road. Continue on Wards Gap Rd.

Description: The orchards are located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Hiking and picnicking are encouraged. All ages are welcome. Restroom at the checkout station. Call for availability of fruit. Pick-your-own, fresh picked, or picked to order. For your convenience, we will pick your order for you if you call ahead of time and place your order. Cherry trees are small this makes them easier to reach. Call mid-May for Cherry picking season starting dates. Early picking is the easiest ground picking. Call mid-June for Apple and Peach harvesting dates.

Apples: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Lodi, Ginger Gold, Summer Rambo, Summer Champion, Wolf River, Gala, McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, Ozark Gold, Staymen Winsap, Red Winesap, York, Arkansas Black, King Lush, Ms. Boyd’s Special (Staymen type), Limber Twig, Albermarle Pippin, Rome Beauty, Blushing Gold, Mutsu, Lowery, Summer Molly Red, Virginia Beauty, Rome, Stayman, Fuji, Magna Bonum, Granny Smith.

Other Fruit: Peaches: Jersey Land, Topaz, Bellaire, Majestic, Lorring, Red Globe, Contender, Sun Bright, White Hale, Yellow Hale, Red Haven, Red Skins, J.H. Hale, Indian Cling, Monroe, Jersey Queen, Flaming Prince, Legend, Big Red, Belles of Georgia. Cherries: Lapins, Bing, Blackheart, Queen Anne, Sams, Black Giant, Emperor Francis, Hale Finger, Kristin

Berrier Farms, Inc.

230 Valentine Leonard Road

Cana, VA 24317

Carroll County

Phone: (276) 755-4959

Open: 8:00 am until Monday thru Saturday in season

Directions: From Mount Airy – Take Highway 52 N into Virginia and turn left on Flower Gap Road. Then turn right on Rt. 919/Valentine Leonard Road. Pass 3 houses on the right and continue to the end of the road. Packhouse is at the end.
From I77 – Take I-77 to exit 1 (Virginia). Take a right off the ramp. Go 1/2 mile and take a left on Flower Gap Road. Go 1 mile and take a left on Rt. 919 (Valentine Leonard Road). Pass 3 houses on the right and continue to the end of the road. Packhouse is at the end.

Description: We are located 1 mile off of I-77. We have been a continuous family operation since 1853. We have apples picked fresh daily from June until November, peaches from July 15 until Labor Day, blackberries from June 15 until August 15, cherries from late May until the middle of June, and various garden vegetables. We are open Monday-Saturday. Check us out on Facebook; just look for Berrier Farms, Inc.

Apples: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Jonagold, McIntosh, Stayman, Ginger Gold, Lodi, Summer Rambo, Virginia Beauty, Pink Lady, Limbertwig, Magnum Bonum, Rome

Other Fruit: Sweet Cherries, Peaches (Flamin’ Fury, Stellar, and many old favorites), White Peaches, Yellow and White Nectarines, Blackberries

Windy Hill Orchards

176 Windy Hill Lane

Ararat, Va. 24053

Phone: (276) 692-8156

Family-owned and operated century farm. Open year-round, but call ahead for fruit availability. Do not try to find with GPS – either call or use directions below.

Pick-your-own from May through mid-October. Bring a picnic if you want!

Products available: ALWAYS CALL AHEAD to guarantee availability – Cherries during the first of June, Peaches the third week of June, and apples starting in July. Also, blackberries and grapes.

Fresh cider made every Thursday starting in September; jams and butters year-round; dried apples during apple season; apple cider vinegar all year.

Apples – Galas, Early Auvil Fugi, Braburn, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Mutsu, early Stayman, Empire, WHO’s Finest, and Swiss Gourmet.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact Jay at 276-692-8156 and Debbie at 276-692-8157. Email is [email protected] or [email protected] Also, the home phone is 276-251-5222.

Directions from Hwy 52 in NC: Go 52N (towards Mt. Airy) to 52 Bus N; go to E. Pine St. (light at Hwy 103); turn right; go to stoplight and turn left (Riverside Dr.); Turn left on Willis Gap Rd; follow 5 or 6 mi into Va; turn right onto Friends Mission Rd (Rte 675); follow to bottom of hill & to the top of the next hill; turn right onto Farmers Rd (Rte 674); 1/8 mi to Windy Hill Lane; turn right & go past son’s home on right to shed.

Levering Orchard

163 Levring Lane

Ararat, VA 24053

 Directions – From Mount Airy – Take Renfro Street North and go straight and cross Virginia line. Look for Levering Orchard signs.

(276) 755-3593 – Packhouse number – Call for more information about available apple varieties – Fruit hotline number is 336-786-4316.

Fall Apple Season hours – Monday through Saturday 8:30 – 5:30

No pick-your-own apples.


***Don’t forget about our list of accommodations at as well as our section for special, seasonal travel packages:


Singletree Lodge and Cabins

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Singletree offers lodging in secluded rental cabins or lodging at the 7-bedroom inn, with all accommodations conveniently located near Hanging Rock State Park. The cabins have 2 bedrooms, one bath, a fully equipped kitchen, and more.
If you would prefer to stay in the inn, you will enjoy amenities such as a billiard table, poker table, library loft, fireplace, premier edition Meade telescope, a huge porch, private trails and a big country breakfast.

Singletree Gun and Plough is an Elegantly Rustic Resort  located adjacent to award-winning Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina. They maintain their own private one thousand acres of natural wonderland, The HammerStern Wilderness Preserve, including five miles of Riverfront on the gorgeous Dan River, for the exclusive enjoyment of guests. They also have a tobacco barn from the 1800′s down on the river available for primitive camping. Singletree offers fishing and hunting day trips as well as vacation packages. They also offer family, group, and corporate vacations and team building packages with everything included – activities, food, and more!

The Coal Ash Spill was 60 miles downstream from Stokes County, and since rivers don’t flow backwards there is no damage to the Stokes County Dan River.  The Upper Dan River, where they are located, is sparkling clean and beautifully clear.   Come enjoy the joy of unspoiled nature !

Yadkin River Fishing

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

Tumbling Rock Reservoir in Westwood Park

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

Paul’s Creek Fishing

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

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!

Mitchell River Fishing

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

Little Fisher River

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

Fisher River Fishing

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

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.