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 North Carolina and Virginia communities along the Dan River offer countless destinations for every kind of visitor. From outdoor adventure to cultural experiences, from roughin’ it to living ‘luxe, we’ve got you covered. With the three-day Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, we thought we’d show off some of the different ways to explore... Full Story
The Hot Rod Power Tour, the world’s largest traveling car show, roars into Martinsville in June. The Hot Rod Power Tour is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 7-city road trip that will see more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators over the week-long series. The June 9 event in Martinsville marks the first time... Full Story
The Dan River region holds endless possibilities for romance. But after hiking, paddling, biking and gazing across scenic vistas, there’s really nothing like enjoying a romantic restaurant. The localities in the Dan River Basin offer many great dining options. These aren’t the only restaurants to find romance, but they do offer a great combination of... Full Story
There’s nothing like watching stars in a dark sky on a cool evening in the warm months. And there’s no better place to view the majesty of the night sky than Staunton River State Park, which in 2015 was designated as an International Dark Sky Park. The designation marks the Virginia state park as an... 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!