Rock Out Atop A Monadnock In Stokes County NC

Stokes rocks! But really. You'll see why when we get into the top three attractions in Stokes County for those “who want to rock”! We're just plain tickled by some of the hidden gems you'll find sprinkled through Stokes County NC, including monadnocks — do you know what those are? Bring your sneakers, an open heart, and an empty stomach to this beloved summer haven in the NC Piedmont.

Outdoor attractions in Stokes County NC

Top, from left: Hanging Rock State Park at sunset, Pilot Mountain State Park hiking trail, Moore's Knob at Hanging Rock
Bottom, from left: Pilot Mountain at sunset, Rock Dimensions climbing tower, Colonel Jack Martin Rock House

Rock out in Stokes County NC

Visit three of the best “Stokes rocks” on your visit, including Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park, both known for their unique geological formations.

Breathtaking vistas, cascading waterfalls, and miles of hiking trails are calling at Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County. Whether you're an avid hiker, rock climber, or simply seeking a serene escape into nature, Hanging Rock offers endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation.

For a guaranteed physical challenge, hike to the summit of the “Big Pinnacle” (Pilot Mountain State Park) where your reward comes in the form of panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. If you're looking for something more leisurely, take your time picnicking amidst the tranquil landscapes of this natural wonder.

Did you know? Pilot Mountain is what's known as a “monadnock,” an isolated rock hill, ridge or small mountain that rises rather abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain. This geographic formation causes Pilot Mountain to stand out prominently in the Stokes County and NC Piedmont region. Check the NC Parks calendar of events and filter by park or region to stay up to date with all the happenings at Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park.

The Colonel Jack Martin Rock House is a manmade rock wonder in Stokes County, constructed in the 1770s and carefully preserved for over 250 years. Walking around the edge of the property line, which is clearly protected, gives one a feeling of stepping back in time.

Traveling with an energetic entourage? Take on the towering ropes obstacle course at Rock Dimensions – you can also book one of their guides to lead you on a rock-climbing expedition of Pilot Mountain.

Just Plain Country store in Stokes County NC

Don't leave Stokes County without winding through the (amazing!) maze that is the Just Plain Country store!

“Just plain country” fun in Stokes County

If you don't know what we mean when we say just plain country, well, you just have to find out in Stokes County. Over at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton, kids and kids at heart can frolic around with baby goats and learn about the cheese-making process from farm to table. Be sure to pick up farmstead cheese, handmade goat’s milk soap, and “Goat-La-To,” a “gelato-like” frozen dairy treat made from the milk of farm goats.

Do you delight in the nostalgia of simpler times? Is your home swimming in knick-knacks? Do you pack an extra suitcase on trips just to bring back new “treasures”? If so, we know where to send you shopping in Stokes County. Discover a treasure trove of handmade crafts, gourmet treats, and unique gifts at Just Plain Country Store in Walnut Cove NC and pack upon Southern provisions at Priddy’s General Store. Don't leave town without grabbing a soda from the old-fashioned soda fountain! Both places are worth writing home about.

Singletree Gun & Plough in Stokes County NC

Reconnect with what really matters at the Singletree Gun & Plough in Stokes County NC | Photo: Johannah H. Stern

Where to stay in Stokes County

Thumb your way to the literal land of the pines…At the Singletree Gun & Plough, you can rent cabins or stay cozy in the lodge. 12 miles of private walking trails lead guests past tiny waterfalls, gurgling streams, and other gifts of nature bestowed by the Dan River.

Reserve a 100+ year-old rustic tobacco barn cabin for the ultimate romantic getaway at the Pine Knob Inn, which offers luxurious amenities, daily hot breakfast, and six acres of private lake access. Enjoy gracious hospitality, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside, making it the perfect home base for your summer getaway.

Collage of Stokes County people, places, and things

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there's always something to do in Stokes County NC!

What's goin' on?! Summer happenings in Stokes County

Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Stokes County, where creativity thrives and cultural experiences abound. From gallery exhibits and live performances to hands-on workshops and artisan markets, the Stokes County Arts Council (Stokes Arts) offers a diverse array of enriching experiences for art lovers of all ages.

Next to Stokes Arts, you can meander through The Arts Place of Stokes, where local artwork is one display for purchase. It's the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork to gift to someone special (or add to your own collection!)

Stokes County NC is the type of place you can return to again and again and find a new adventure upon each visit. Read more about fun all year-long in Stokes County NC

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