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Overmountain Victory Trail

Location W. Kerr Scott Reservoir near Wilkesboro, NC
State(s) North Carolina
Counties Wilkes
Type Mountain Bike Trail
Nature Trail
Length 13.00 Miles / 20.92 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Trail meandors along the shore of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
Trail meandors along the shore of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir

Overmountain Victory Trail was designated as a National Historic Trail by the National Park Service in 1975. An interagency partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service cooperatively manage the trail system. The Overmountain Victory Trail extends for 13 miles on US Army Corps of Engineers public property, known as W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.
The trail is managed for multiple use activities as designated by congress from the Federal Land and Policy Management Act of 1976. The trail is used by the public for hiking, running, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, environmental education, fishing, and hunting. Camping is allowed only in the campgrounds, two of which are trailheads for the Overmountain Victory Trail.
The trail begins at the Visitor's Assistance Center and travels 2 miles till it is intersected by the 2.5 mile Shiner's Run Loop. The Overmountain Victory Trail continues towards Skyline Marina where snacks and drinks may be bought. From there it continues west towards Berry Mountain Day Use Area which is equipped with restrooms, showers, drinking water, swim beach, and picnic tables. Heading west you reach Bandit's Roost Campground where tent and RV camping is available. The total length from the Visitors Assistance Center to Bandit's Roost Campground is 7 miles. This seven mile journey is full of scenic areas of the lake that glistens through old growth forest. Warrior Creek Campground is another Overmountain Vi (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available


Take N.C. 268 west from Wilkesboro. Three miles past U.S. 421, turn right at the large W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir sign onto Reservoir Road. Follow Reservoir Road 0.4 mile and turn left at the Visitor Center sign. Park in the lot near the Visitor Center. The trailhead is on the other side of the access road. The trail can also be accessed from Bandits Roost Campground and Marina Road.


Additional Information

Width: 36 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted

Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 2%

Elevation Low Point: 1032

Elevation High Point: 1080

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: 10/17/2013


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Brad Carey
Natural Resource Specialist
US Army Corps of Engineers
499 Reservoir Rd.
Wilkesboro , NC 28697
(336) 921-3390

Trail Management:
Paul Carson
National Park Service
2635 Park Rd.
Blacksburg , SC 29702
(864) 936-3477


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
OVT and Shiner's Run Brochure View/Download
Warrior Creek Map View/Download
Trail flows through old growth forest Photo View/Download



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