Wilkes Family YMCA

The Wilkes Family YMCA is active in the local community and offers a wide range of programs for the whole family including swim lessons, after-school care, and youth sports. The Y includes a comprehensive Wellness Center with on-duty staff, group exercise programs, and SilverSneakers® classes. Dedicated to social responsibility with efforts such as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA  and will begin Diabetes Prevention programming in 2013.

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Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri: 5:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

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Water Park Hours

Open May 26-September 1
Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:45 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Pool breaks for all pools will happen every hour on the hour for 10 minutes. All swimmers under 18 must take a break.

Child Watch Hours

Ages: 6 weeks-5 years
Mon – Thurs:
8:00am – 1:00pm
4:00pm – 8:30pm
8:00am – 1:00pm
4:00pm – 6:45pm
8:00am – 12:00pm

Tween Time
Ages: 6-11
Mon – Thurs:
8:00am – 1:00pm
4:00pm – 8:30pm
8:00am – 1:00pm
4:00pm – 6:45pm
8:00am – 12:00pm
You may not sign your child in any later than 30 minutes prior to close.

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Address & Phone

1801 YMCA Blvd.
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

(Do not use the above address for GPS)

We are located on Highway 268 North in Wilkesboro, about a mile away from Wilkes Community College
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Phone: (336) 838-3991
Fax: (336) 838-0979


Explore Our New Expansion

We have some exciting changes coming to our Y!

Over the next few weeks we will finalize our Wellness Center expansion, including a new functional training studio. The Functional Training Studio will open June 2015 and include Rogue CrossFit Equipment, TRX stations, Boot Camps, and Personal Training Space.


Additional 1,800 square feet of Wellness Area
New Cardio and Free Weight Equipment
Additional 1,000 square feet of Aerobic space
Increased group exercise class offerings
And more!


Current Wellness Center will become a Functional Training Center
Current Aerobics Room will become the Mind and Body Studio
Additional Teen Wellness Programs

Final stages of expansion
The wellness center and aerobics room at the Family Y will close at 8am on Thursday, May 21 and remain closed through Friday. We will reopen on Saturday morning in our new wellness center and aerobics studio! Please join us for a workout or a class in our new space dedicated to your health and wellness!

We have added additional cycle classes and of course you are welcome to use the Express Y.

Register Now For Summer Camp

The summer months are just around the corner. Summer is meant to be filled with learning enrichment, new experiences, and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime. At the Y, we focus on programs that allow children to explore and get involved in activities that help them grow both mentally and physically.

Options are available for all ages and many schedules and interests. Click here for more information, session dates and times, or to register.

Looking for a traditional resident camp experience? We have all that and more at the 400-acre Memory Maker YMCA Camp Hanes.

Annual Learn to Swim Program

Learn to Swim at No Cost!

In partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, we are proud to offer our annual Learn to Swim Program program to non-swimmers in our community! This week-long program will teach the basics of water safety, help you to become more comfortable in and around water, and provide you with the confidence and desire to continue becoming the best swimmer you can be! We have limited slots, so please register now!




June 8-12

Each class is 45 minutes

Choose one of the following times: 10:30am, 11:30am, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm


FREE for Members and Potential Members


Wilkes Family YMCA


April 1- until full

What to Bring

Each swimmer needs to bring the following each day: an appropriate swim suit (we recommend one-piece suits for females) and towel; goggles are highly recommended. Swim caps and goggles can be purchased at the Front Desk.

Additional Info

Please remember this is for non-swimmers only! We ask that you do not sign up if you have several scheduling conflicts during the week. It is very important that you commit to all 5 days of the program.

Please make sure you choose two time slot preferences on the registration form. Once a time slot has filled up, we will put you in your second choice. Any registration form received after the first choice has filled up will not be put into a class if a second choice is not listed. Wait lists will begin for each time slot once they fill up.

Questions? Please contact:

Sara Hora, Aquatics Director, 336.838.3991 or s.hora@ymcanwnc.org

Dance and Tumbling

Students ages 2-8 will learn basic ballet and tumbling movements in a creative and fun way! Classes use music and movement to introduce dance and coordination while building confidence.


Boys and Girls Ages 2-8


Students ages 2-3 years old meet Tuesdays from 4:30-5:00pm

May 19-July 7

Students ages 4-8 years old meet Thursdays from 4:30-5:15pm

May 21-July 9


Classes will be held at the Wilkes Family YMCA in the Aerobics room.

Dance or gymnastics wear is recommended.


Registration starts May 1

$50/members, $70/potential members

For more info, contact Heather Barnes at h.barnes@ymcanwnc.org

Kids on The Run

Eight weeks to a 5K!

Our 6th season of Kids on the Run will kick off June 15!

Children ages 5-15 will learn the FUNdamentals of running, in a team-building atmosphere. Not only will we train for a 5K with friends, we’ll also enjoy crafts and team building exercises! No experience is necessary!

Program starts June 15 and ends with a 5K on August 7. Friends and family are encouraged to run with their child at our 5K or come cheer them on! Finisher medals and T-shirts are given on race day.


Mondays and Fridays


June 15-August 7


Wilkes Family YMCA


Heather Barnes


$100 for members, $125.00 for potential members

Registration starts April 1 at the Wilkes Family or Wilkes Express YMCA! Click here for the registration form.

For more information, contact Heather Barnes at h.barnes@ymcanwnc.org.

Youth Triathlon

Join us for our 8th Annual Little Bandits Youth Triathlon!

Triathlon aren’t just for grownups! Swim, bike and run in this youth triathlon for children under age 15. Get active and join in the fun!


Friday, June 31 at 6:00pm


Now underway!


$20.00 per child from May 1-June 30

$25.00 per child from July 1-31

Program Information

Wilkes Family YMCA

Safety first! Safety helmets and appropriate footwear are required for participation. Participants must supply their own equipment.

All event finishers will receive a medal!

Events & Distances

Tri Level I (ages 8 & under): 50 yard swim, 1 mile bike, .5 mile run

Tri Level II (ages 9-12): 100 yard swim, 2 mile bike, .75 mile run

Tri Level III (ages 13-15): 150 yard swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run


For more information, contact Heather Barnes at h.barnes@ymcanwnc.org

Share Your Thoughts

Now Accepting YMCA Secret Shoppers

We value you as a member and always welcome your feedback. Become a YMCA Secret Shopper to evaluate our facilities and help us continue to improve as an organization so we can deliver the very best member service possible.

If you’re interested in participating, please contact the Welcome Center for more information or apply at strategicreflections.com. You’ll work directly with Strategic Reflections, Inc., an independent customer research firm, to conduct “mystery shops” and receive compensation for evaluating the quality of your member experience at a YMCA branch in your area.

See the membership desk with any questions.