Ararat River Access Expansion

Just north of the Pilot Mountain State Park, where NC 268 crosses the Ararat River, Surry County Parks and Recreation is managing the construction of a new access point that includes a driveway, parking lot and stairs to the river.

“This project will expand our blueway infrastructure in Surry County,” Daniel White, Surry County’s parks and recreation director, recently told local media.

Carolina Environmental Contracting was hired to construct the parking lot, entrance driveway, sidewalk, timber steps and a boat slide to the Ararat River, which meanders through Surry County and is a stone's throw from Mount Airy’s Main Street. The new facilities will be used by local fire departments which will load river water into tanker trucks for fighting fires.

The Ararat is a popular destination for trout fishers (the river features sections of both hatchery supported and delayed harvest trout fishing) and can be crowded with swimmers, kayakers and tubers during the summer.

“The Ararat is a critical tourism and recreation amenity for Surry County,” said Joanne Cheatham, president of Carolina Environmental Contracting. “This important, environmentally-sensitive project is being developed in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and Surry County Parks and Recreation. We are proud and delighted to be entrusted with this project right in our own backyard.”

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