Mountain Gateway

Charming small towns against a gorgeous mountain backdrop

Comprised mainly of Stokes County, the Mountain Gateway community offers unparalleled beauty at Hanging Rock State Park, the centerpiece of this region. A 73-site campground, picnic grounds, stocked lake for swimming and fishing, canoe rentals and more await at this majestic park. With more than 20 miles of hiking trails, spectacular views and waterfalls are easy to find. This vast park also offers 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and rock-climbing experiences.

Facts & Figures

Stokes County population (2022): 45,781


Explore the Great Outdoors

Hanging Rock State park, located directly in the center of Stokes County, includes 8,605 acres of green landscape with plenty of recreational activities for the local community to enjoy. Pilot Mountain begins on the fringes of this Mountain Gateway region, adding even more lush landscape to explore. Carolina Ziplines in Westfield is sure to inspire thrills for all ages. For something a bit more relaxed, hit the links at Hemlock Golf Course in Walnut Cove – a scenic par-70 golf course situated along the winding Dan River.

Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture

The Stokes County Arts Council features events and exhibitions year-round throughout the county for the local community to experience, from book signings and gallery openings to painting classes and music festivals. The Arts Place of Stokes County is a facility that fosters creativity and artistic ideas within the community. The annual Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan offers food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and more.

Eat & Drink

Dining in the Mountain Gateway

The Town & Country Grille is home to the “Best Prime Rib in King, NC” and Hillbilly Hide-A-Way offers top-rated family style Southern dining. For a taste of something different, try a variety of international cuisines from Tokyo Japanese Grill and Sushi, and Mi Pueblo.


Educational Offerings

Stokes County Schools offer excellent public education for students K-12, in addition to a handful of local private schools like Calvary Christian School.

Major Employers

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Major employers in the Mountain Gateway community include roles in education, manufacturing, construction and public administration. Click the link below for a full listing of employers in the region.

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