Spanning 215 miles, the Yadkin River is one of the longest rivers in North Carolina. Locally, the river serves as the border separating Davidson and Rowan counties. In fact, the river played a major role in the creation of Davidson County. Prior to Davidson’s formation, Rowan County spanned both sides of the river. People who lived to the east of the river had quite a time getting to the county seat of Salisbury to conduct business. Ford or ferry being the only options for crossing the river, the journey to could take up to 2 weeks travel time. By popular demand, Davidson County was formed in 1822.
The formation of Davidson County is one of many stories highlighting the river’s cultural and historical significance. By clicking on the button below, you will be redirected to a story map created by Davidson County GIS. The timeline provides greater context to the Yadkin River Valley - an Eco-Heritage site that you can paddle for yourself with river access located at Boone’s Cave Park and York Hill.