Challenge Yourself To Get Outdoors This Spring!

Stokes County, NC

A diverse region of artists, agriculture, fine dining, and scenic beauty, Stokes County, North Carolina is a gloriously good time in the wonderland of Mother Nature’s splendor. Conveniently located from Winston- Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte a stay here is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Best of all, you’re only a four lane highway away from a Stokes County State of Mind.

Experience all the Peaks in one Mega Challenge, after a year of nothing to challenge the mind and body, the 2021 “High 5 at Hanging Rock” returns as the Friends of Sauratown Mountains shift to “COVID safe events”. The second annual event raises funds to support Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks. Participants will trek over ten miles of park trails to reach five of the highest elevations within Hanging Rock State Park, summiting Moore’s Knob, Cooks Wall and Hanging Rock mountains and pass by two prominent rock outcrops, Wolf Rock and House Rock, along their journey.

Due to pandemic restrictions, the challenge will be held over 7 days, April 5-11, 2021. Participants will complete the challenge on their own without support from the park or the friends group. There will be a full 10 mile version suitable for ages 10 plus, and a 5 mile option perfect for all, even younger kids with parental supervision. Pick the perfect day for your group, start early morning and finish by afternoon, weekdays are better to avoid crowds. Registration is $35 per person and ends at midnight on March 21st.

John Brown’s Country Store, in the shadow of the Sauratown Mountains, takes you back to the good ole days-a time when people traded stories and spent afternoons watching the world from the front porch. A local fixture that began as a roadside produce stand, has been in operation since 1997 at the current location along Highway 66. Enjoy a wide selection of jams and jellies, old fashioned candies, fresh produce, local honey, snack mixes, and homemade items like signature pimento cheese, cole slaw, chili, potato salad, chicken salad, and macaroni salad promises to be a delightful taste that keeps you coming back for more. 

A visit here isn’t complete without purchasing the famous homemade Pimento Cheese, a recipe holding strong for over 20 years. Homemade desserts, including a fresh cobbler everyday, and Banana Pudding – YUM. March wraps up the final month of John Brown’s famous Chicken Stew, this old family recipe is prepared fresh each morning and somedays they prepare 6-8 batches to serve loyal customers and visitors. One stop at John Browns Country Store and you’ll become a regular even if you live miles away. 

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.