As spring approaches, outdoor enthusiasts in North Carolina can look forward to a new season of recreation at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the reservoir will officially open for recreational activities on April 1.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir offers a variety of outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, boating, camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, swimming, disc golf, and archery.
With the warmer temperatures arriving, many people are eager to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Park Ranger Johnny Jones stated, “At W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, we offer a variety of recreational activities. With the opening of our facilities on April 1st, visitors can enjoy all of the recreational opportunities that the reservoir has to offer.”
Visitors will be required to pay day-use fees, which can be collected at most recreation areas by self-service cashless machines.
The current day-use entrance fees are $5 per vehicle and $20 per commercial vehicle. However, visitors with a valid Golden Age/Access, America the Beautiful, or USACE Annual pass will be admitted free of charge at day-use areas.
Use of the picnic shelters is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis unless the shelter is reserved.
For visitors looking to make shelter or campground reservations, they can call (877) 444-6777 or go online at http://www.recreation.gov/.
The following seasonal parks and campgrounds at W. Kerr Scott will reopen for the 2023 season: Bandit’s Roost Campground (April 1 to October 31), Ft. Hamby Park (Campground and Day Use) (April 15 to October 15), Boomer Park and Berry Mountain Park (May 1 to Labor Day), and Warrior Creek Campground (reopen on or after April 15 pending repairs).
Visitors are advised to monitor the W. Kerr Scott Facebook page for updates on the opening date and commencement of reservations once all repairs are completed.
The Visitor Assistance Center (VAC) is open year-round on weekdays except for those holidays occurring during the off-season.
The Environmental Education Center, located on the lower level of the VAC, will open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
For further information on W. Kerr Scott and other projects in the district, visitors can contact the Visitor Assistance Center at (336) 921- 3390 or visit the W. Kerr Scott Facebook page.
They can also go to the Wilmington District’s website www.saw.usace.army.mil for additional details.
With the reservoir offering a wide range of outdoor activities, it attracts visitors from all over the state and beyond, who may be looking for a nearby place to stay.
Private campgrounds and recreational facilities in the vicinity of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir can provide additional accommodation options for visitors who want to extend their stay and explore the area further. This can include cabins, RV sites, and tent camping facilities, among others.
Moreover, these private businesses can also offer additional recreational opportunities that complement what is offered at the reservoir, such as horseback riding, golfing, and zip-lining.
By providing a diverse range of activities, these private facilities can attract visitors who have varying interests, making the area a more appealing destination.