Taking a road trip with a 2 and 3-year-old means there will be stops. We like to be as intentional as possible about stops that allow the kids to get some energy out but also don’t take forever. The ideal stop is close to the highway, has clean restrooms, and a play structure. If it’s meal time and not a Sunday, Chick-fil-A is our go-to! When we don’t need a meal or just had Chick-fil-A yesterday, we seek out public parks.
On our trip from Raleigh to the Virginia Creeper Trail, we decided to swing through the Cookout drive-through and then check out W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir. From the map, we could tell it was close to the highway and would have some space for the kids to roam.
We paid $5 for a day use pass and proceeded to the beach area. We passed multiple trail heads, a really nice playground, and picnic shelters complete with stone fireplaces. It would definitely be a great location for a family reunion or birthday party.
The beach area turned out to have a nice swimming spot roped off from passing boats. We grabbed a picnic from Cookout and afterward Chris took the kids for a quick swim.
The entire stop was probably an hour and a half but could have easily been less if we hadn’t opted to go swimming. The swim did wonders for the kids in the car though, it really wore them out!
If you’re passing through Wilkesboro, W. Kerr Scott Dam is a great place to stop and stretch your legs. It’s right past all the fast-food available in Wilkesboro, so you won’t be short on options for a picnic!
I’ve driven this route probably 25 times, but I had no idea this was here. If you regularly hit the road with kids, take a look at the parks along your route. You might find some hidden gems! I just need to remember to follow my own advice!