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 communities along the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia are home to thrilling outdoor recreation, delicious food and great shopping. But if you’re looking for something a little more unusual along the roadside, we’ve got that covered too. From the pages of “Weird Virginia” and the Roadside America website, we compiled a few... Full Story
Music echoes through the mountains and foothills of the Dan River State Crossings. Melodies and rhythm have run through the region for centuries, leaving a rich legacy. Inspired in part by Fred Fussell’s 2003 book, “Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle,” we decided to make a list of some of the... Full Story
Flowing down from the mountains into the foothills of southern Virginia and Piedmont North Carolina, the Dan River’s offers a wide variety of fishing for beginning and experienced anglers alike. No matter the season, the Dan makes for a tremendous fishing experience. In the river’s upper reaches, high in the eastern slopes of the Blue... Full Story
NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway this weekend, so this marks a good time to recall the epic races that the historic track has hosted over more than seven decades. The track opened in 1947, and two years later hosted the sixth race in the racing series that eventually became the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. 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!