Wilkes County is known worldwide for MerleFest, a diverse roots-music festival dedicated to the memory of Merle Watson. Wilkes County also offers a wide variety of activities from adrenaline pumping BMX racing and mountain biking, to wine tasting at a local vineyard. While you are here, you can crunch a tart Pink Lady apple from a local orchard as you walk the Yadkin River Greenway or learn about the historical connection between moonshine and NASCAR at the Wilkes Heritage Museum. Marvel at the inspiring frescoes painted by world-famous artist Benjamin Long or see the jail that Tom Dooley was incarcerated in, or explore a village of 19th century log cabins. Experience our Southern hospitality and the majestic views of the Blue Ridge and Brushy Mountains. We'll take your breath away...or let you catch it. Visit our website to learn more about Wilkes County.

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