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.