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.
People love fall, and with good reason. The crisp air invigorates the blood. And the landscape pops with explosive red, yellow, and orange as trees prepare to shed their leaves for winter. Autumn presents the perfect chance to visit the Dan River region along the North Carolina/Virginia border. Because the region stretches east from the... Full Story
Crackling colors, temperatures that find the right balance between chilly nights and mild days, and perfect-length days come together to make autumn many people’s favorite time of the year. Here in the Dan River Basin, we know how to celebrate fall. Find yourself in the region and we’ll find you a fall festival. Here are... Full Story
If you’ve never floated the Dan River, take advantage of a free guided float this Saturday, Sept. 7. The Dan River Basin Association is leading a paddle along 6.5 miles of the Dan River. The float begins at 10 a.m. at the boat landing in Milton, North Carolina, and concludes at Leggett’s Bottom, a public... Full Story
The counties of the Dan River State Crossings grew up as tobacco powerhouses. That legacy has largely faded but is still visible in the region’s beautiful tobacco barns. Farmers used the barns to cure tobacco, mostly with flues—furnaces about two feet across and three feet high that burnt wood to produce heat and generate smoke.... 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!