From Patterson near Grandfather Mountain to Goshen just outside the Wilkesboro Reservoir, this rural route follows NC 268 along the Upper Yadkin River from the mountains to gently rolling foothills of the Piedmont. Historically a farming region, today the traveler will see acres of vineyards, horticultural nurseries and turf farms alongside more traditional crops. With a climate and soils ideal for the cultivation of grapes, the region has received a federal designation as the Yadkin Valley Viticultural Area.
Length: 25 miles
Drive Time: 40 minutes
For a detailed driving route and map, download the NC Department of Transportation’s Scenic Byways guide.