Stokes County, NC
Leaves of yellow, auburn, red, and brown linger a bit longer here for your leaf peeping enjoyment. The season is still perfect to experience why Stokes County ROCKS in Autumn. Cast a reel at the Hanging Rock Lake, sit back to admire the colorful array reflecting onto the water, as you catch the largest trout of a recent re-stock. Support local food banks this holiday season by attending “Soup in a Bowl” held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this year on November 19th. A unique event hosted by Stokes Arts, where attendees will receive their very own handcrafted pottery bowl, donated by a local artist, and enjoy their choice of warm soup in the heart of Danbury, NC at The Arts Place of Stokes.
With cool temperatures comes ample outdoor recreation through one of Stokes County’s numerous parks, like Hanging Rock — a picturesque state park just waiting to be explored. Hike up the park’s winding mountain paths and enjoy spectacular views of the Piedmont of 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.
Soar above the treetops all year round with Carolina Ziplines, offering thrilling zips with unparalleled views. From the Jessup Mill Public Fishing Area, residents and visitors cast their lines into the Dan River, in hopes of catching a stunner of a trout, and at Harts Access and Public Fishing Area, a concrete ramp leads down to the Dan River for easy access.
After a day of play in the more comfortable late autumn air, venture out into the local downtown shops and galleries, to experience small town shopping and charm. The Town of Walnut Cove, is an antiquing destination, home to one of the largest two story Antique Malls in the area – The Just Plain Country Store. Enjoy music and festivals at the new Cove Square through late fall.
Whether it’s escaping in the great white wonderland of a snow covered state park, having your breath taken away at the enchanting and magical sight of a frozen waterfall, or embracing the arts and crafts of the county’s quaint, charming, and always welcoming towns, Stokes County has everything you have been looking for in an ideal winter getaway.
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