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.
Hanging Rock State Park stands as a jewel in the North Carolina state parks system. With soaring vistas, a serene lake, the Dan River and a plethora of pristine waterfalls, there’s something for everyone. Hanging Rock State Park makes a great weekend destination. We visited over Father’s Day weekend in June and returned with a... Full Story
July 4 marks 243 years since the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain, an event definitely worth celebrating with fireworks. The communities of the Dan River region have been part of that heritage since colonial days, and they’re a great place to celebrate Independence Day with the whole family. Here are just a few... Full Story
We’ve all been there—all geared up and ready for an active day outside, only to get rained out. The Dan River Basin is loaded with options for outdoor adventure—but sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. Fortunately, you can find plenty of options for things to do on a rainy day. We’ve got some ideas for grown-ups... Full Story
From paddling to cocktails, mountain biking to fine dining, the Southside Virginia city of Danville offers plenty of attractions for a long weekend escape. Nestled along the Dan River in the foothills of Piedmont Virginia, Danville is the perfect place to pursue a weekend of outdoor adventure, leisurely exploration, and delicious food and beverages. Here’s... 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!