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.

Click here to check out our Program Guide.

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 25th-September 2nd
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 wks – 5 years
Mon - Thurs:
8:00am – 1:00pm
4:00pm – 8:30pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
8:00am – 12:00pm

Y Kids’ Club
Mon – Thurs:
8:00am – 1:00pm
4:00pm – 8:30pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
8:00am – 12:00pm

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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

$0 Joining Fee – Now Through April 30















Tell your friends! Refer a friend and get $25 off your next month’s dues!

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 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.

Discover Scuba Class

Have you ever wanted to try Scuba Diving? Well here’s your chance! The Wilkes Family YMCA has teamed up with Lake Hickory Scuba Center, Inc. to bring the community this special opportunity to blow some bubbles. The cost covers all equipment, instruction, and air fills. And the great news is if you like it and would like to get certified – the $75 will be deducted from the full class cost. Lake Hickory Scuba Center has some of the most experienced instructors in the business. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime chance to see the underwater world. This is for anyone age 10 or older so bring the family! Only 8 spots available!

Program Dates

Saturday, March 29


Saturday, April 19




$75 paid directly to Lake Hickory Scuba Center


Wilkes Family YMCA

Questions? Please Contact:

Kimberly Green at 838-3991 or k.green@ymcanwnc.org or Lake Hickory Scuba Center, Inc. 828-455-6556 or lakehickoryscuba@gmail.com

Additional Information

You can find out more on Lake Hickory Scuba Center and what they do on Facebook here or on Youtube

Healthy Kids Day

Join us for our annual Healthy Kids Day celebration. With summer just around the corner, Healthy Kids Day is a great time for families to begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active this summer. You can find great information about ways to help kids and families find ways to stay healthy all year long.

Saturday, April 19


Following the Bunny Hop 5K (and free to the community), the event will include a free fun run, bounce house, healthy snack, free giveaways, and crafts! Plus, we’ll be celebrating our 70th birthday! For more info on the 5K,click here.

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

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program


An estimated one of every three U.S. adults has prediabetes, yet just 7% of those with prediabetes know they have it.

Are you or someone you know at risk? Take the quiz now to find out.

You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living. If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. You will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing your physical activity and making other changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. National Institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%.

Click here for additional information.

Dance and Tumbling

Students ages 2- 6 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 2-6


Thursdays from 4:30-5:15pm

April 10-May 29

Parent Presentation: May 31 at 9am


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

Dance or gymnastics wear is recommended.


Register starting March 1

$50/members, $70/potential members

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

Bunny Hop 5K & Healthy Kids Day

Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to make healthy choices to improve your family’s well being. The first step is the Bunny Hop 5K and Healthy Kids Day.


Saturday, April 19, 8:00am


Anyone! Walkers, Joggers, Runners, Strollers, Beginners, Athletes, even Dogs. All are welcome to participate in our fun atmosphere and to start the spring and summer season off in a healthy way!


Wilkes Family YMCA Back Parking Lot


Registration starts March 1 at the Wilkes Family YMCA or Wilkes Express YMCA

March 1-April 1: $20

April 2-Race Day: $30

Save time and register online!

Onsite registration will be from 7:00-7:45am on race morning. Race begins at 8am on April 19.

Participants registered on or before April 1 are guaranteed a t-shirt! No exceptions.

Healthy Kids Day

Join us for for a free community event to help improve the health of kids in our community. Following the 5K (but free to the community), the event will include a free fun run, bounce house, healthy snack, free giveaways, and crafts! For more, click here.

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.


Bandit’s Challenge Triathlon

Since it’s inception back in 2000, the Bandits Challenge Triathlon has become a legend.

It’s often the answer to the question “What’s the hardest international distance triathlon you’ve ever done?”

This event is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

For more information and to register, click here!


Saturday, June 28, 2014


7:00 AM


W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir   Wilkesboro, NC


1.5K swim, 45K bike, 10K run



$65 January 1-March 31

$75 April 1-April 30

$80 May 1-June 25

$90 Packet Pick Up and Race Day


$100 January 1-March 31

$110 April 1-April 30

$120 May 1-June 25

$130 Packet Pick Up and Race Day

Packet Pick Up

Friday, June 27: 5:00-7:00pm at Wilkes Family YMCA

Saturday, June 28: 5:00-6:30am at Race Site – 499 Reservoir Road, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Photo ID is required for packet pick-up. Everyone must pick up their own race packet.