• Opie: “Paw, what kind of bait are you putting on my line?"

    Andy: “Why, that's fish-catching bait. That's the idea, you know, to catch fish.”

    There’s such beauty in so many places around Mount Airy to enjoy. Adventure seekers will enjoy hiking Pilot Mountain State Park, riding down the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway or horseback riding on the Sauratown Trails. And like Opie and Andy, there’s plenty of fishing to be done or just relaxing in the comforts of nature.

    Are you ready to play?


Recreation - Trails & Greenways

Ararat River Greenway Trail
350 Riverside Dr.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

The Ararat River Greenway is a paved 2.2-mile paved Greenway Trail from Riverside Park to Tharrington Park )beside Tharrington Elementary School). This section of the Ararat River has been restored and is a great area for wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing, and trout fishing. The entire length of the Greenway Trail is stocked with trout. There are multiple canoe/kayak/tube launch stations along the trail as well as multiple areas for sitting by the river. A restroom is available halfway down the trail, off on a side trail to the environmental park. Restrooms are also available at Riverside Park.
When exploring, look for TRACK (Trails Ridges and Active Caring Kids) Trail Adventure guides along the trail or online at www.kidsinparks.com. Created by the Blue Ridge Foundation, the guides offer educational opportunities for children.


Emily B. Taylor Greenway
715 W. Independence Blvd.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

The Emily B. Taylor Greenway is a 2 and 3/8 miles of paved, multi-purpose trail that follows Lovill’s Creek and U.S. 52 that goes from West Lebanon Street to Worth Street in Mount Airy. Each quarter mile is marked with a granite marker, courtesy of Mount Airy Granite. Public parking is available behind Roses Shopping Center, Veteran’s Park, and behind Frank’s Cinema on NC 89 (Pine Street).


Fisher River Park Mountain Biking Trail
381 County Home Rd.

Dobson NC

Local Phone: (336) 401-8235

Fisher River Park Mountain Biking Trail in Dobson features a 5.6-mile technical mountain biking trail with several bridges, short climbs, a creek crossing, and long-double track sections. There are several tight single-track sections and turns along with wide open single track sections for mixed variety. The trail has two rock gardens which are good for climbing.


Foothills Cycling & Fitness
526 W Lebanon St

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: ‎(336) 789-5851

Bike shop and repairs – bicycle rentals available!
Located at 526 W. Lebanon St., Suite 100, Mount Airy, NC.
Hours are 10-6 ,Tues-Friday and 9-5 Saturday.


Pilot Mountain State Park Hiking Trails
1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd.

Pinnacle NC

Local Phone: (336) 325-2355

pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov

Pilot Mountain State Park is 3,703 acres and is the perfect destination for sightseers, hikers and campers. The most popular trail is the Jomeokee Trail, an easy hike that circumnavigates the big pinnacle of Pilot Mountain. Another popular trail is the Little Pinnacle Overlook Trail, a small hike with moderate grade to the Little Pinnacle bluff, which provides an amazing view of the Big Pinnacle. While you are in Mount Airy, visit Pilot Mountain State Park Hiking Trails.


Scoops Ice Cream & Such
W. Pine Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-352-3113

Scoops Ice Cream & Such is a hidden gem in a rural area of Surry County, yet located close to I-77, just off of Hwy 89 (W. Pine Street). Scoops is home to a unique ice cream parlor in a converted camper van, with plenty of seating on multiple levels of patio, decorated with beautiful metal sculptures created by artist and Scoops’ owner Chazz Elstone. Grab a sundae or ice cream cone and take a stroll through the sculpture garden in the trees, located across the yard from the ice cream parlor. You will be delighted at the unique and symbolic art located on the nature path that meanders through the forest, complete with a beautiful forest chapel!

Scoops is open seasonally, April through September on Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m.

Located on Rt. 89, just west of I- 74 (exit 6) and I-77 (exit 100) in Mount Airy, NC! Serving 20+ flavors of Mayfield Premium ice cream in funky setting!


Stone Mountain State Park
3042 Frank Parkway

Roaring Gap NC

Local Phone: (336) 957-8185

stone.mountain@ncparks.gov

In total, there are 8 trails totaling 16 miles that wait at Stone Mountain State Park, a 600-foot, 25-mile square dome of exposed granite. In addition to trails that cross Stone Mountain itself, others wind throughout the park, past scenic rivers, waterfalls, and up the Blue Ridge to make a connection with the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Devil’s Garden overlook.


Surry Scenic Bikeway

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 401-8235

Surry County has over 500 marked designated bikeways along several major loops, including the Dobson-Elkin Loop, the Lowgap-Mount Airy Loop, the Westfield-Mount Airy Loop, the Holly Springs-Siloam Connector, the Rockford Connector, and the State Park Connector. Many of loops pass through wine country and farmland. Enjoy the Surry Scenic Bikeway near the Blue Ridge Mountains and Yadkin Valley Wine Region.


Westwood Park Mountain Biking Trail
1297 Galax Trail

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

Westwood Park Mountain Biking Trail is located on the outskirts of downtown Mount Airy. It features a 5-mile mountain biking trail with lots of sweeping single-track sections and is an excellent trail for beginning mountain bikers. The path has several interesting mounds to ride up along with a few log crossings and a super-fast rolling downhill section.