Overmountain Victory Trail

OVT flows past views of the lake, dips deep into the woods through a quiet stream on a rock crossing and traverses steep hillsides with mature hardwoods and boulder outcroppings. OVT offers the most flowing trails at Kerr Scott. Every turn is bermed and the climbs are relatively friendly. This trail is part of the federally-designated Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. It follows the general route that patriots from the area trod to reach the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780.

photo: Trail meandors along the shore of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Type: Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 13.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Hunting
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: W. Kerr Scott Reservoir near Wilkesboro, NC
States: North Carolina
Counties: Wilkes
Latitude: 36.05822   Longitude: -78.77548

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.

Description

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 Victory Trailhead that is approximately 2.5 miles west of Bandit's Roost Campground. The trail flows through the campground and into Marley's Ford Wildlife Management Area. The trail is intersected twice by the Warrior Creek Trail Loop which is 12 mile section that was completed in the year 2009. Six boardwalks have been constructed on the Overmountain Victory Trail as it flows through wetland habitats and waterfalls that wood ducks, barred owls, and bog turtles inhabit. The trail continues for 2.5 miles till it reaches the West Yadkin River Overmountain Victory Trailhead parking area. The West Yadkin River Trailhead was designed and constructed with a challenge partnership between the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake, Brushy Mountain Cyclist Club, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
Overmountain Victory Trail design was accomplished with the help of a local cycling club, known as the Brushy Mountain Cyclist Club, National Parks Service and US Army Corps of Engineers Rangers. Construction was completed by the BMCC, and one of their members received the North Carolina State Trail Builders Award for the construction of the Overmountain Victory Trail. The BMCC works as volunteers on the project, spending many hours and days on maintenance and construction. The club holds special event races on the project in which the funds earned are expended on the trails construction and maintenance supplies and materials. Current projects include the construction of changing stations and bathrooms at the trailheads and parking lot enhancement projects at each of the trailheads.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 1,032
Elevation High Point: 1,080
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: OVT and Shiner's Run
Map: Warrior Creek

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Brad Carey
Natural Resource Specialist
US Army Corps of Engineers
499 Reservoir Rd.
Wilkesboro , NC 28697
(336) 921-3390
brad.j.carey@usace.army.mil

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

 

Photos

Trail flows through old growth forest

Trail flows through old growth forest

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