The Dan River Company is an outfitter for paddling along the Dan River in Stokes County, near Danbury. You can rent kayaks from them, or if you have your own boat, they provide shuttle service. The Dan River is a great place to paddle for those who are new to paddling or don't have the skill to paddle harder rivers. But there are enough small easy rapids to make it fun. The Dan River Company is a good outfitter with experienced and helpful staff and reasonable prices. But do call ahead for reservations. There are two trips on the Dan River available - a 6-mile and a 13-mile trip. The six-mile trip takes two to three hours, starting from near the bridge over NC-89 and running along a winding section of the river in the foothills of Hanging Rock back to the outfitters. There are several Class I rapids along this section and Play Wave, a class II near the end. The last section of the river runs through the northern-most part of Hanging Rock State Park along the Dan River Bluffs, high cliffs right along the river. This is definitely the most scenic part of the trip. The thirteen-mile trip starts at Hart's Access at the NC-704 bridge and takes about five to six hours to complete. This run includes the six-mile trip as the second half. This trip is good if you're looking for a full day on the river, but its a long trip, and I was ready to be out of the kayak at the end. If you're pressed for time or don't want sit in a kayak for six hours, the shorter trip includes the most scenic parts and best rapids.
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