Go Outside and Play in Stokes County, N.C.

From thousands of acres of public lands to dozens of miles of waterways, there is something for everyone in the mountains of Stokes County, N.C. Take in the scenery all around with cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and bare rock peaks. Bring your own gear or visit one of the many outfitters in town, ready to help you get outside. 

The overlook at Hanging Rock, photo courtesy Stokes County

Morning
Start off at Hanging Rock State Park for miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, rock climbing opportunities at Moore’s Knob, and a network of trails to five different peaks. Paddle or fish the 73-acre Hanging Rock Lake or access miles of the Dan River. 

Canoe or kayak the Dan River, photo courtesy Stokes Countty

Afternoon
Pack a lunch or pick up a deli sandwich from nearby diners in Danbury before taking a canopy tour through the colorful fall foliage with Carolina Ziplines. Explore the local arts scene or find unique treasures in the charming downtowns of Danbury, King, or Walnut Cove.

Evening
Grab a drink at Pilot Mountain Vineyard and Winery or MidSummer Brewing, two new tasting rooms in the area. Rest up in one of over 40 vacation rentals by owner found around Hanging Rock. Big Creek Lodge at Luna’s Trail Farm features nine suites overlooking the majestic Sauratown Mountains, plus three cabins and an on site restaurant.

Hidden Gems
Step back in time to the historic Priddy’s General Store just across the Dan River, plus live music in February and October. 

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Cover Photo: Moore’s Knob at Hanging Rock State Park, photo courtesy Stokes County

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