The 214-mile course of the Dan River crosses the state border of Virginia and North Carolina a total of eight times. As it does, it weaves together a land full of countless opportunities to explore and be inspired. We call this land the Dan River State Crossings. From vibrant historic downtowns to alluring shorelines and fertile farmlands, there are so many ways to experience an abundance of fun, history and culture.This site is your gateway to the many trips to take, things to do, tastes to experience, places to stay, and more, in the Dan River State Crossings region.
The Dan River crosses the North Carolina-Virginia border as it meanders over its 214-mile length. The Dan and the rivers that flow into it provide awesome opportunities for paddling. The Smith River and Philpott Lake blueways both serve as great entry-level experiences. Philpott Lake Blueway Water Trail Paddlers looking for a way to experience Virginia’s... Full Story
Whether soaring vistas, historic sites, water adventure or sheer relaxation, Patrick County has it all. Located where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet Virginia’s Piedmont, Patrick County contains all the elements for a perfect weekend getaway. Here’s our recipe for a jam-packed weekend trip to Patrick County. For a more leisurely pace, stretch this out to... Full Story
The communities that make up the Dan River Basin were long renowned for ability to grow world-class tobacco, so it’s not surprise you can find delicious, farm-fresh food here, too. Whether attending a festival or planning a weekend of agricultural tourism, the Piedmont North Carolina and Southside Virginia communities of the Dan River Basin offer... Full Story
The counties along the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia were historically known for their whiskey-making abilities. Caswell County, North Carolina, was the site of John W. Sowers Distilling Company in the 1800s, well before Prohibition. Patrick County, Virginia, was home to the multi-generational distilling DeHarts from the late 19th century well into the... Full Story
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Dan River State Crossings was created by a coalition of local businesses and proud citizens of the Dan River Basin to showcase the opportunity and beauty of the region we call home. A series of public forums, meetings, educational sessions and groups like the Dan River Basin Association led to this project, but we also remain thoroughly connected to the people living within this vibrant community. We believe the Dan River State Crossings holds some of the most exciting outdoor adventure, economic potential and scenic beauty in all of North Carolina and Virginia, and we’re excited to spread the word far and wide!