Hanging Rock to Moratock Park
DRBA's last paddle trip of the year will be on a popular section of the Dan River from Hanging Rock State Park to Moratock Park in Danbury, NC. Charlie Williams, Outings Committee Chair, will coordinate the scenic five-mile float.
According to Williams, "At normal levels this section offers mostly calm waters with one easy class II rapid at Moratock Park," just before the take-out. "There is often wildlife to view if you approach quietly," he adds. "The easy put-in and take-out make this an excellent family trip."
Nearly half of the river corridor passes through State Natural Heritage Areas where autumn colors and late wildflowers may be seen.
See Maps 68 -- 70 of DRBA's "An Insider's Guide to the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia," available at http://www.danriver.org/ .
Please meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Hanging Rock State Park canoe access off Flinchum Road (GPS coordinates: 36.4299, -80.2482) to unload boats and gear and set the shuttle. Boat rentals and shuttle will be provided by the nearby Dan River Company, 336-593-2628
Participants in the outing are asked to provide boat and paddles, life jacket, lunch and water, to dress in layers of artificial (quick-drying) fabric or wool, and to sign a waiver.
Directions: To reach the Hanging Rock Access from Stuart, VA, travel south on Route 8. Turn left on Route 89. Travel about ¼ mile, and turn right onto Flinchum Road, which is marked by a brown DAN RIVER ACCESS sign. Drive past the Dan River Company on the way to the concrete launch ramp.
From the town of Danbury, travel west on Route 89. Pass the hospital and the road to Hanging Rock State Park. About one mile west of the hospital, turn left onto Flinchum Road, which is marked by a brown DAN RIVER ACCESS sign. Drive past the Dan River Company on the way to the concrete launch ramp.
More Information: Charlie Williams, 336-337-8843