Moratock Park – tubing to history


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



An iron furnace built in 1843 still stands at Moratock Park.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Kids of all ages enjoy the Dan River that runs through Moratock Park.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

The Stokes Stomp is the longest running arts council event sponsored in North Carolina and runs along the banks of the Dan River at Moratock Park. The two-day event is kicked off with a parade each year.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Moratock Park offers a playground, ballfield, volleyball net, shelter, and bathroom facilities.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Visitors enjoy tubing down the river in the summer months.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Pack a lunch and plan on staying at Moratock Park in historic Danbury for a long and relaxing afternoon.

Moratock offers a shelter, benches, and plenty of wide open spaces to throw out a blanket and soak in the mountainous views and soothing babbles of the Dan River. Wade into ankle deep water off the sandy shoreline or cast a line and expect to pull out a feisty trout or bass.

Danbury General Store is within walking distance and provides tube rentals from the end of May until Labor Day weekend at a rate of $10 for two hours. Rapids on the river are primarily gentle at a Class 1 level making it an option for all ages.

Dan River Company offers kayak and canoe rentals with a boat shuttle service from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Visitors also can enjoy a playground, baseball field, horseshoes and volleyball net.

History buffs will appreciate the iconic iron furnace that still stands at Moratock Park. The furnace was built in 1843 as one of the few industries in North Carolina prior to the Civil War. The furnace was operated by Moratock Mining and Manufacturing Company and supplied iron, in the form of swords, to the Confederacy.

On Sept. 10 and 11, Moratock will be bustling at the 42nd annual Stokes Stomp Festival. As the longest running arts council event sponsored in North Carolina, the event runs along the banks of the Dan River and throughout the park kicking off the fall season each year.

Sponsored by the town of Danbury, this year’s theme will be “N.C. State Parks – 100th Anniversary.”

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-591-8191.

An iron furnace built in 1843 still stands at Moratock Park.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_MorCivil.jpgAn iron furnace built in 1843 still stands at Moratock Park. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Kids of all ages enjoy the Dan River that runs through Moratock Park.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_MorDan.jpgKids of all ages enjoy the Dan River that runs through Moratock Park. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

The Stokes Stomp is the longest running arts council event sponsored in North Carolina and runs along the banks of the Dan River at Moratock Park. The two-day event is kicked off with a parade each year.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_MorParade.jpgThe Stokes Stomp is the longest running arts council event sponsored in North Carolina and runs along the banks of the Dan River at Moratock Park. The two-day event is kicked off with a parade each year. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Moratock Park offers a playground, ballfield, volleyball net, shelter, and bathroom facilities.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_MorPlayground.jpgMoratock Park offers a playground, ballfield, volleyball net, shelter, and bathroom facilities. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Visitors enjoy tubing down the river in the summer months.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_MorTubing.jpgVisitors enjoy tubing down the river in the summer months. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/find-park-logo2.pdfAmanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

adodson@civitasmedia.com

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