Wilkes County, county in North Carolina, United States. As of 2020 county had an estimated population of 68,043 inhabitants. The county was created 246 years ago in 1777. Its county seat is Wilkesboro.
There are 1 city/town in Wilkes County, NC. The largest city of Wilkes County is Fairplains with a population of 2,120.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wilkes County contains several small North Carolina towns and communities that highlight the region's natural beauty and cultural heritage. Here are some highlights:
North Wilkesboro - The largest town with around 5,000 residents. It hosts the annual MerleFest music festival started by Doc Watson. Downtown has shops, restaurants and museums.
Wilkesboro - The county seat located along the Yadkin River. Historic attractions include the Wilkes Heritage Museum and Tom Dooley Museum dedicated to the folk song legend.
Moravian Falls - This tiny unincorporated area is named after the historic Moravian church and cemetery located here. Nearby Stone Mountain State Park provides hiking.
Roaring River - Located in the northwest corner of the county, the tiny community of Roaring River contains the historic Roaring River Baptist Church. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed along the river.
Hays - Hays is home to Wilkes Community College and the historic Rock House which served as a Revolutionary War fort. The Blue Ridge Mountains loom in the background.
With dramatic mountain vistas, rushing rivers, and glimpses into Appalachian history and culture, the small towns of Wilkes County encapsulate the spirit and allure of western North Carolina.
List of cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Wilkes County.
|Fairplains||Township in Wilkes County, North Carolina||2,120|