Experience the Crooked Road at the base of the Blue Ridge!
Stretching from the Blue Ridge Mountains of eastern Appalachia through the Piedmont, the Dan River Basin flows with foothills and rocky outcrops that make for plenty of bouldering opportunities—as well as world-class rock climbing in Hanging Rock State Park. Moore’s Wall Probably the more famous of the two primary climbing locations in Hanging Rock is […]
Ghost tales abound in the Dan River Basin, and the landscape holds untold secrets. As the days grow shorter, our thoughts often turn to the eerier side of life—and death. And for a lot of people, the chill from a fright is a pleasure to be savored. If you thrill to a good scare, or […]
Looking for leaves
Fun fall festival finds in the Dan River Basin.
The Dan River Basin is home to a unique heritage and culture, but it’s the rivers that shaped both the topography and history of the region. This September 14-15, 2018, Eden, North Carolina, will pay tribute to its rivers with its 15th annual RiverFest. The two-day event celebrates Eden’s art, history, and river heritage with […]
The NASCAR pioneer’s legend lives on.
Embrace your inner gearhead!
The communities that make up the Dan River Basin were long renowned for their tobacco-growing prowess. So it shouldn’t be a surprise you can find delicious, farm-fresh food in the region too. For evidence, look no farther than this weekend’s Virginia State Peach Festival in Stuart, Virginia. The 31st annual festival goes down at Dehart […]
The Smith River flows from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, through Henry County, Virginia, and down into North Carolina, where it empties into the Dan River at Eden. The annual Smith River Fest is a truly a celebration of all things associated with the Smith River, including running, biking and paddling. The 2018 […]
The Dan River lazily winds its way back and forth along the North Carolina/Virginia state line, and wineries have sprung up in the foothills and mountains that make up its watershed. The Dan River communities have a rich history with makers of alcoholic beverages. Brewers were a common part of colonial days, and the moonshine […]
The communities along the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia are home to great outdoor recreation, delicious food, and wonderful shopping. But if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, we’ve got that covered too. From the pages of “Weird Virginia” and the Roadside America website, we compiled a few suggestions for a […]
When two people get the chance to travel along to a special place, love often flourishes. With its mild weather and enchanting atmosphere, the Dan River region of North Carolina and Virginia is the perfect place for romance to bloom. Here are seven suggestions for destinations to make your heart flutter, along with recommendations on […]
The Dan River Basin is thick with mountain bike trails, with opportunities for beginners and hardcore riders both. Whether it’s technical singletrack in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains or a lazy dirt road ride in the woods along one of the many waterways that flow into the Dan, you find find your flow […]
The communities of the Dan River Basin know how to celebrate Independence Day, dating back to the early days of the American Republic. Patrick Henry, the first governor of Virginia who is known for his fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775, lived in what is now Henry County beginning in […]
Paddlers now can experience Virginia’s eastern Blue Ridge Mountains through a new blueway trail that covers parts of Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties. Announced the same year as Philpott Lake’s 65th anniversary, the Philpott Lake Blueway Water Trail became official on Saturday, May 6, but it connects water trails that local boaters have been running […]
Every year on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, children around the world ask, ‘When is children’s day?” Answers vary according to the wit and mood of parents, but in the communities along the Dan River, the answer should be, “The day before Father’s Day!” On Saturday, June 16, the Danville Children’s Festival will celebrate “A […]
Surf, sand, and Stuart—it’s the 2018 Beach Music Festival at Wayside Park in Patrick County, Virginia. OK, so maybe it’s not ocean surf, but whitewater on the waterways of the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains. Sand is trucked in, and there’s something about the beautiful backdrop of Virginia’s Blue Ridge that makes it the perfect location […]
The Dan River Basin has been associated with pottery since well before European settlers arrived. Distinctive pottery has been found along both the North Carolina and Virginia sides of the state line that dates back to A.D. 1000 – 1450, when a significant population of Eastern Siouan (Eastern Blackfoot Indians) Native Americans lived in the […]
The Eden Drive-In dates its opening back to 1949, but that doesn’t mean it’s a relic of the past. The drive-in updated to digital projectors in 2014, making its picture and sound—broadcast locally on an FM station—cleaner and crisper than ever. The drive-in also has invested into turning its showings into full-blown events. The first […]
A wealth of writers sprang up south of the North Carolina/Virginia line in the Dan River Basin, emerging among tobacco fields and textile mills. In her book “Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont,” from which much of this article was drawn, Georgann Eubanks guides readers through the haunts of many of the state’s most […]
Traveling with children is tough. Figuring out what to do when you’ve scheduled a trip during a rainy week can leave even in the steeliest parents pulling their hair out. Fortunately, the Dan River Basin is loaded with options to keep children happy and parents sane during extended periods of rainy weather. In North Carolina […]
Summer is many people’s favorite season, with good reason. And the North Carolina and Virginia counties along the Dan River are renowned for their four-season climate. They’re home to six state parks and a national parkway, all of which provide ample opportunities to play amid the region’s beautiful summer. Hanging Rock State Park (NC) Do […]
Stock-car racing may have been created in the hills of the Blue Ridge, but it came of age in the Dan River Basin. Bootleggers looking to boost moonshine out of the hollers often drove suped-up cars to outrun law enforcement during Prohibition, and it wasn’t long before they started racing each other to see who […]
Reel adventure for the angler in all of us!