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Dan River in North Carolina

Trip Overview

The Dan River offers a variety of paddling experiences from flat water to class II+ rapids. Our 10 mile trip took us from Francisco down to Hanging Rock State Park.

This is an easy, entertaining trip with frequent small class I rapids to offer some basic challenge to new paddlers and entertainment to more seasoned river runners. In this stretch we encountered 30-40 small rapids. A couple rope swings and one cliff jumping experience provided some diversion while in the occasional deeper, flat water. Scenery was generally undeveloped with only a few houses clustered along side the river in a few places.


Hanging Rock State Park is a NC State Park and offers a very nice camping experience with flush toilets and showers.

Dan River Company and Hanging Rock Outdoors both offer shuttle service.


Dan River Company offers shuttles throughout the day while Hanging Rock Outfitters tends to offer at limited times on their busiest days. Either way, call ahead.


Hwy 8 north out of Winston-Salem through Danbury a few miles north.


Paddling Eastern NC (

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip