Fisher River Park
Trail of the Month - May 2020
251 County Home Road,
Dobson, NC 27017
A grass carpet, a broadleaf roof, and a mountain breeze. On a summer day this is where you want to be; in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with far reaching open space and a mountain river to cool off in. This beautiful park has multiple trails- 1.5 miles of a wide crushed gravel trail, and 6.5 miles of mountain bike singletrack trail.
The Multi-Use Trail
The 1.5 miles of trails at Fisher River Park are a welcome place to stroll, jog, or bike ride. The outer loop is 1.5 miles, but the connectors in between allow you to create your own experience. It’s become well known especially for cross country runners who often have races here at the park. The crushed gravel is easier on the body and there’s a perfect amount of shade. Bring the family, bring the dog, and maybe a hammock or picnic blanket. On a sunny day you won’t want to leave.
The Fisher River
The river access is another feature that sets this park apart. The Fisher River starts its journey up in the Blue Ridge around Cumberland Knob and Lowgap, NC. Picking up all the creeks along the way, it flows South into the Yadkin River. If you jump in your kayak here its an 8 mile journey to the next river access at Hamlin Ford. Get excited for mostly class I-II rapids with a few stretches of class II+ and class III. It’s a beautiful journey, especially as the rhododendron bloom along the riverbanks in the spring. For more information about river accesses along the Fisher and other rivers in Surry County check out the Four Rivers Map.
The Fisher River is also a popular place for- you guessed it- fishing. With an abundant supply of both trout and smallmouth bass plus plenty of good spots to post up, it’s a great spot for a day by the river.
Fisher River Mountain Bike Trail
On the other side of County Home Road, you’ll find a faster moving world.
6.5 miles of technical/intermediate trail wind through the hills of a hardwood forest. The trail gives you about an hour ride, maybe an hour and a half for beginners. There’s plenty of technical areas on the second half of the trail. It’s fast flowing and has a mix of fun challenges. A favorite unique feature is the rock garden on the second half of the trail. Make it a day trip and visit the two other nearby trail systems: Westwood Park, and Elkin Municipal Park.
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