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BANDITS ROOST, NC

part ofW. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: BANDITS ROOST
Status: Closed through Tue Mar 31 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Bandits Roost Campground is located on the south side of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in western North Carolina.

Constructed in the beautiful Yadkin River Valley, the lake offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreational activities.

Natural Features:

The gentle Yadkin River flows through its scenic namesake valley on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills. Forests of mixed hardwoods, including sycamore, poplar, oak and hickory, cover the region.

Wildlife is abundant in the valley. White-tailed deer, black bear, eastern cottontails and more can be found among the hills. Birds in the area include wild turkey, woodpeckers, Carolina chickadees, red-eyed vireo, ovenbirds, mallards and wood ducks.

Recreation:

The 1,475-acre reservoir offers excellent boating, canoeing, kayaking and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find channel catfish, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, threadfin shad, spotted bass, hybrid striped bass and tiger muskellunge.

Miles of hiking trails surround the lake, including the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which has a trailhead at the campground. An additional 25 miles of mountain biking trails can be found at the Warrior Creek and Dark Mountain areas.

Facilities:

The campground offers 102 campsites, including 17 tents sites and 85 standard sites with water and electric hookups.

The popular group tent area offers a covered shelter with water and electricity, a grill, six tables and seven tent pads.

Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. A boat ramp, playground, basketball court and amphitheater offer additional recreation opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Basketball Courts
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Ice
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Mountain Biking
Know Before You Go
  • Extra vehicles will be charged $4 per vehicle per day
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted
  • Click here for more information
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.11972, -81.24528
36°7'11"N, 81°14'43"W

From Winston-Salem, North Carolina, take Highway 421 North (approximately 55 miles) to Exit 286B, turn left onto Highway 268 and continue for approximately 5 miles. Turn right onto Jess Walsh Road. Campground entrance is located at the end of the road.

From Charlotte, North Carolina, take I-77 North (approximately 60 miles) before merging onto Highway 421 North towards Wilkesboro/Boone. Continue to Exit 286B (approximately 20 miles), turn left onto Highway 268 and continue for approximately 5 miles. Turn right onto Jess Walsh Road. Campground entrance is located at the end of the road.

Travel times from:
  • Winston Salem: 1 hour.

  • Charlotte: 1.5 hours.

  • Raleigh: 2.5 hours.

  • Asheville: 2 hours.

  • Galax, VA: 1.25 hours.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BANDITS ROOST
667 Jess Walsh Road
WILKESBORO  NC  28697-0182

Phone Number:

Information:  (336)921-3190
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