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Dan River Hanging Rock State Park Danbury NC

Trip Overview

A group of friends took a day trip on the Dan River near Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury, NC We put in the river from a bridge on Lynchburg Road off Hwy 89 just north of Danbury. We paddled nearly 8 miles down the access in Hanging Rock State Park. The access is not necessairily an access or open to the public or even labeled but we have used it several times and always see other folks putting their boats in under the bridge. You will be in a small creek called Big Creek, and about 75 yards down the creek you enter the Dan River just north of a private access used by the Dan River Company off Flinchum Road. They are a good place if you cannot provide your own shuttle or you need to rent a boat. Excellent folks if you need an outfitter. We parked another vehicle at Hanging Rock State Park just north of the private access north of the Dan River Company. The river in April was higher than usual which made some good paddling. In this short 8 mile stretch there is a small beach with a ledge where folks jump off into the water. There is also several small rapids and lots of ripple water. All the land on the river is privately owned with the exception of the small section at the get out at Hanging Rock State Park. There are lots of good areas with low banks to be able to pull off the side of the river and take a break. With the exception of the ledge where you can jump into the river most of the river runs between a foot to 3 feet in depth. A good section of the river for paddlers of all experience levels, and if you need to rent equipment go see the folks @ the Dan River Company. If you are looking for a tube rental stop by the Danbury General Store as they handle all tube rentals in the area.
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Kayak Fishing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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