A Great Time Of Year To Visit Stokes County

Stokes County, NC

December is a great time to go for that off-the-beaten-path ride with friends! Wait, what am I saying? It’s always a great time to go exploring! We all jumped in the Jeep and headed toward Stokes County. 

On the way into Danbury, we wanted to check out the Old-Fashioned Christmas at Priddy’s General Store. A great way to experience Christmas at the rural corner General Store. Sample old-fashioned candies and delicious hoop cheese while you sip a cup of hot apple cider or a warm stew from the black kettle. Shopping for that unique, heartfelt gift has never felt so personal. 

The beautiful scenery and the incredible twisty roads are always my favorite. Our next stop was at the Arts Council in Danbury for a little retail therapy and a holiday latte inside Rocky’s. Such incredible local artists have exhibited here. It’s great finding a one-of-a-kind item for that special person. It’s also a great place to grab some snack items for the next destination just up the road.

Next, off to Hanging Rock State Park for a brisk but beautiful hike. The Park is consistently rated one of the best state parks in North Carolina. On the coldest of days, the Park’s five waterfalls — Window Falls, Hidden Falls, Tory’s Den Falls, Upper Cascades, and Lower Cascades — can be found frozen in time — a majestic and awe-inspiring sight. I wonder if they will be frozen yet? 

After the usually chilly hike we head to King for something warm and cozy. We stopped into the King Kitchen for some good ol’ comfort food. Heading towards downtown King we see Fannie and Ira’s Provisions and decide to explore inside. Trying a craft beer, some more snacks and enjoying a bit of music while there. Such a cool place. 

Still needing to purchase a few gifts, some antiquing is now required. So, we travel to Walnut Cove and hit the motherload of all times. Two of the largest markets are located in town. I had A great day exploring with friends and knocking out a ton of Christmas shopping. Perfect!

The perfect mountain getaway, closer than you think. Experience hiking trails, waterfalls, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, and more. Enjoy a leisurely float down the Dan River by canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or tube. www.hangingrock.com

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