Season 1, Episode 9

On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, our guest is R.G. Absher, Executive Director of the Yadkin River Greenway. R.G. “retired” from his career as Assistant Park Ranger at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, where he managed the creation of over 35 miles of sustainable and erosion-proof trails for recreational use. A hearty team of engineers and volunteers pulled this project together, and the model they set up has now been replicated in regions across the country. 

R.G. is striving to spotlight the Yadkin Valley, which is known as the gateway to the high country, so that locals and visitors alike will recognize the “crown jewel of natural resources” that exists right here in Wilkes County. The Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor includes Wilkes, Surry, Yadkin, and Caldwell counties and is home to outdoor adventure opportunities, rich history, significant agritourism, and the Yadkin Valley Greenway, which hopes to bring together the community to appreciate nature and strengthen the bonds between one another. In addition to the Yadkin Valley Greenway, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail runs straight through Wilkes county and commemorates the route used during the Revolutionary War during the Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. R.G. encourages listeners to take advantage of the cultural and recreational resources in your area to connect to your heritage and truly experience the richness of life in your area.

 

Connect with the Yadkin River Greenway:

https://www.facebook.com/YadkinRiverGreenway/

 

Over the Mountain Victory Trail 

https://www.blueridgeheritage.com/destinations/overmountain-victory-national-historic-trail/

 

Mountain To Sea Trail 

https://mountainstoseatrail.org/

 

Carl White