Dan River


The Dan River bisects Stokes County from the deep, mountainous ravines of its northwest corner to the broad, rolling landscape of its southeastern border. Along the way the river passes by quiet rural communities and steep forested ridges; the occasional vacation cabin and sentinels of stone cliffs. Bordered by leaning river birch, towering hemlock, delicate dogwoods and thickets of rhododendron, the Dan is an intimate river. Steeped in history, wildlife and modern recreation, the Dan is a resource like no other in the Piedmont.

These sections of the Dan River feature Class I whitewater suitable for most beginning boaters at normal levels. The Dan is a free-flowing stream and subject to large changes in water flow. Check with a local guide or outfitter for more information.