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 State Crossings region played an important role in the settlement of the early American frontier as home to a crucial section of the Great Wagon Road. History of the Great Wagon Road Tens of thousands of immigrants used the road in the late 1700s and 1800s. They arrived in the United States... Full Story
Kids sure do love cars, trucks, and things that go. And by “kids,” we mean everyone from toddlers who love to see fire trucks to senior citizens who fiddle with antique tractors. The Dan River region has plenty of opportunities to embrace your inner gearhead. Check out some of our favorites. Tank Museum, Virginia Danville’s... Full Story
We love winter here in the Dan River State Crossings. The air feels crisp and invigorating, and you can smell adventure in the air. You can find plenty of ways to follow that impulse and play outside in the Dan River Basin, even during the winter months. We’ve picked out seven great outdoor adventures to... Full Story
Temperatures have dropped and icy weather has arrived, but grab your rod and tackle box because winter is a great time to go fishing in the Dan River Basin. You can find fishable streams, rivers, and lakes all throughout the Dan River region. And the action on the water never stops, even during the winter.... 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!