Challenge Yourself to Get Outdoors
in Stokes County, North Carolina!
A diverse region of artists, agriculture, fine dining and scenic beauty, Stokes County, North Carolina is a gloriously good time in the wonderland of Mother Nature’s splendor. Conveniently located from Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Charlotte, a stay here is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Best of all, you’re only a four-lane highway away from a Stokes County State of Mind.
Experience all the Peaks in one Mega Challenge, after a year of nothing to challenge the mind and body, the 2021 “High 5 at Hanging Rock” returns as the Friends of Sauratown Mountains shift to “COVID safe events.” The second annual event raises funds to support Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks. Participants will trek over ten miles of park trails to reach five of the highest elevations within Hanging Rock State Park, summiting Moore’s Knob, Cooks Wall and Hanging Rock mountains and pass by two prominent rock outcrops, Wolf Rock and House Rock, along their journey.
Due to pandemic restrictions, the challenge will be held over 7 days, April 5-11, 2021. Participants will complete the challenge on their own without support from the park or the friends group. There will be a full 10-mile version suitable for ages 10 plus and a 5-mile option perfect for all, even younger kids with parental supervision. Pick the perfect day for your group, start early morning and finish by afternoon, weekdays are better to avoid crowds. Registration is $35 per person and ends at midnight on March 21st. www.high5athangingrock.com
John Brown’s Country Store, in the shadow of the Sauratown Mountains, takes you back to the good ole days-a time when people traded stories and spent afternoons watching the world from the front porch. A local fixture that began as a roadside produce stand, has been in operation since 1997 at the current location along Highway 66. Enjoy a wide selection of jams and jellies, old fashioned candies, fresh produce, local honey, snack mixes and homemade items like signature pimento cheese, cole slaw, chili, potato salad, chicken salad and macaroni salad promise to be a delightful taste that keeps you coming back for more.
A visit here isn’t complete without purchasing the famous homemade Pimento Cheese, a recipe holding strong for over 20 years. Homemade desserts, including a fresh cobbler every day and Banana Pudding – YUM. March wraps up the final month of John Brown’s famous Chicken Stew, this old family recipe is prepared fresh each morning and somedays they prepare 6-8 batches to serve loyal customers and visitors. One stop at John Browns Country Store and you’ll become a regular even if you live miles away.
After exiting the river at Moratock Park, continue down Sheppard Mill Road and arrive at a true local relic, Priddy’s General Store, for a step back in time. Take in a little bluegrass pickin’ and flat footin’ at the Memorial Day Pickin’ at Priddy’s on May 25th, featuring Travis Frye and Blue Mountain. Pop the cap of a glass soda pop, set up your chair or picnic blanket and enjoy.