Winter Is A Crazy Time In Stokes County

Outdoor adventures are just as FUN in the colder winter temperatures of Stokes County. Locals say, “Winter is the best time for a relaxing, brisk hike to vistas of clear views for miles.” Take in the fresh, mountain air of the piedmont region at Hanging Rock State Park, helping to clear the immune system of unwanted winter germs as well as giving your mental health a boost to ward off the winter blues. Once temperatures drop below freezing for multiple days at a time, nature lovers flock to one of five waterfalls in the park to admire the frozen wonder of icicles that form around the rock outcroppings. If you are lucky, the unique spectacle to experience, along an easy half-mile trek, is the ability to walk behind or right up to the waterfall frozen in time. 

Kick-off your 2021 with a First Day hike at Hanging Rock State Park!  

On January 1, The Stokes county arts council sponsors the Hanging Rock Polar Plunge Annual Splash. People from all over come donning their favorite outlandish costumes, ready to dive fearlessly into the New Year!  This event helps raise money to fund Art related events in the park throughout the year. 

The Polar Plunge runs New Years Day, 2pm – 4:30pm; spectators are welcome.  Be sure to check the website for details on changes or cancellations due to restrictions.

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.