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Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest

At Rendezvous Mountain you can enjoy winding trails, mountain top views and …Talking Trees!

Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Park is loads of fun for Family and school groups.  Here you can hike the trails, have a picnic and enjoy some of the many educational opportunities.  If you come on a good clear day you may even get to enjoy a hayride!  I first went to Rendezvous Mountain when I was just a little kid.  I remember taking a hayride from the parking area up the mountain where my family had a picnic.  My favorite part about the trip was the hike to see the Talking Trees!  My sister and I would race from one talking tree to the next and take turns pushing the button to hear what each tree had to teach us.  I still enjoy the Talking Tree Trail today but my favorite part now are the many hiking trails and the views. 

Tips for your trip

  • Call ahead.  You may not always need to call ahead but if you are going during the school year and want to avoid a school group it may not be a bad idea to check first. If you are taking a group of friends and family you may want to call and see if a ranger can give you a tour when you arrive.
  • Read the trail map before you get started.  Little ones may not have the energy to walk all of the trails.  Planning your hike will allow you see what you want to see first and not feel exhausted when you reach your favorite parts.
  • Take a camera!!!  The views are amazing and you are sure to see some wildlife.
  • Check the weather.  You won”t want to be there on a rainy day or during a lightening storm.  If the forecast calls for fog you may not get to see the long views until later in the day if at all.  Even if it is foggy there will still be plenty to see on the trails and at the educational sites.
  • Dress comfortably.  Anytime you travel in the mountains you will want to wear sensible shoes and dress in layers.  The weather is typically cooler at higher elevations and earlier in the morning.
  • Take a picnic! There is so much to see and so many great places to have a picnic.  Having lunch on the mountain will be a great way to take a break between hiking trails.

Things to see at Rendezvous Mountain

  • Talking Trees Trail
  • High Mountain Views
  • Fire Tower
  • Forestry Center
  • Hiking Trails
  • Waterfall Trail
  • Cabin
  • Picnic areas
  • Amphitheater
  • Forestry Education Trail 

Weddings and events at Rendezvous

With the picturesque views and calmness of nature all around it is no wonder that couples would chose to be married at Rendezvous Mountain.  One of the most popular locations for any event on the mountain is at the amphitheater, nestled below a tall canopy of foliage. The park has sheltered areas perfectly suited for a casual chic reception. To learn about how you can schedule your event at Rendezvous Mountain call (336) 667-5072.

How to get to Rendezvous Mountain

  • Drive from Wilkesboro towards Boone on US 421 North 
  • Turn right onto NC 16 North 
  • After about 3 miles turn left onto Boone Trail Road
  • In about 3 miles turn right onto Purlear Road
  • In about a mile Purlear Road will become Shingle Gap Road (just keep going)
  • In one mile turn left onto Rendezvous Mt. Road
  • Follow the drive up the mountain to one of the two parking lots

Candlelight Ghost Tours

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are full of fun, excitement, history and more![divider] [/divider]

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are located in historic Wilkesboro, North Carolina at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Folklore and ghost tales abound in this area, passed down from one generation to the next.  Guides in will regale you with stories of the past as you walk amid the history of a proud mountain peoples. You might just hear the footsteps of the long dead Tom Dooley in the jail cell he once occupied or you might spy the earthbound spirit of the little girl killed by runaway horses.  This is a great excursion for the whole family with lots of mystery and not too much fright.

Where to be and what to expect.

The journey will begin at the Wilkes Heritage Museum which we highly recommend visiting.  There are several ways to get there but I recommend the following:

From HWY 421 (North or South) take Exit 285 towards Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro.  If you are coming from 421 South you will turn left onto Oakwoods Road.  If you are taking 421 North you will turn right onto Oakwoods Road.  At the first light (intersection of Oakwoods Rd. and Main) turn left.  The Wilkes Heritage Museum will be on your right. 

The museum is easy to see; just look for the beautiful and historic Old Wilkes County Courthouse (see map below). 

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Ghost Tour Tips

  • We recommend that you not bring children under 8 years of age as they may become bored with the history or frightened by the stories. 
  • There are no pets allowed (service dogs are always welcome) and smoking is not permitted during the tour or near the museum.
  • Do expect to have a great time and to learn a lot! 
  • It would be good to arrive early so you can explore the Wilkes Heritage Museum and Downtown Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro areas.

Price

The regular tours are $10 per person and begin at varying times (usually between 7:30 and 9:00). If you are looking for a little more excitement and adventure you can participate in the Paranormal Tours which begin at 11:00 pm following the candlelight tour.  The Paranormal Tour will last well into the night, about 1:00 am, and will cost $20 per person.  All tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Wilkes Heritage Museum at (336) 667-3171.

Other ghostly events.

Keep an eye on our events calendar for October Ghost Tour events including the Zombie Fest and the special Halloween Candlelight Ghost Tour.  The Zombie Walk has, in the past, included two separate Zombie Walks, one for children and one for adults.   

Click here for details.