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KEOWEE PARK SHELTER, NC

part ofW. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: KEOWEE PARK SHELTER
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Keowee Park Shelter is located within Keowee Park at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir in northwestern North Carolina.

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. Roughly 30 miles of multi-purpose trails surround the lake, including the Warrior Creek trails which are easily accessible from the shelter. All of the trails, including Warrior Creek, are now recognized as some of the best mountain biking trails in the country attracting riders from all corners of the world.

Facilities:

The shelter offers six, 8-foot picnic tables. Water and electricity are not available at the shelter, please plan accordingly. Along with scenic views, you can enjoy other park amenities which include a boat ramp, playground, horseshoe pit, grill, vault toilets, and three fishing piers (one is ADA accessible).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day Use Area
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing Pier
  • Grills
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Ice Machine
  • Pets Allowed
  • Playground
Know Before You Go
A reservation notice will be posted by a ranger prior to your arrival
An entrance fee is charged at this park
The other park amenities are available to your group as well as to members of the general public
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
Only park in designated parking area
  • 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):
36.10417, -81.28333
36°6'15"N, 81°17'0"W

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 7.5 miles. Turn the first right after the bridge. (You will see a sign for Warrior Creek Campground.) Continue on this access road and the shelter will be straight past the gatehouse.

From Winston-Salem, North Carolina, take Highway 421 North (approximately 55 miles) to Exit 286B, turn left onto Highway 268 and continue for approximately 7.5 miles. Turn the first right after the bridge. (You will see a sign for Warrior Creek Campground.) Continue on this access road and the shelter will be straight past the gatehouse.

From Wilkesboro, North Carolina, head west on Main Street/Hwy 268/Hwy 18 (approximately 8.5 miles) and turn right on the Warrior Creek Campground access road (directly across from Edmiston Road). Continue on this access road and the shelter will be straight past the gatehouse.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KEOWEE PARK SHELTER
7659 West NC Highway 268
Boomer  NC  28606

Phone Number:

Information:  (336)921-3390
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