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The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) protects and promotes the Dan River Basin through recreation, education and stewardship.

Activities include a public outings in nature, trails and river access work groups, cleanups and more.

Outdoor enthusiasts and concerned citizens organized the Dan River Basin Association to preserve and promote the wilderness-like rivers of this border region of Piedmont North Carolina and Virginia. Leaders in the Basin's counties recognize the increasing importance of the abundant high-quality water in this 3300-square-mile region. In addition to its economic value as a water source and its historical significance as a means of transportation, this river system can provide excellent recreational opportunities to the 1.5 million citizens who live within an hour's drive.

The Association's founders are promoting the rivers for multiple uses, including recreation and commercial and municipal growth. DRBA assists localities in creating community parks, trails and access to local rivers and streams. We believe that, with careful planning, natural and cultural preservation and economic development can occur hand-in-hand. The unspoiled rivers, the region's unique and greatest resource, will be at the center as the sixteen counties of the Basin build a diverse economy, which must be based in part on new ideas. The Dan River Basin Association believes that providing outdoor recreation is essential to the region's quality of life and its ability to draw new investment.

As the region’s leading advocate and largest provider of programs and services to support the protection and preservation of our natural and cultural resources, the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) is committed to ensuring ALL communities view DRBA as an organization that is responsive and inclusive. To fulfill this commitment, we are strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work and to being a culturally competent organization. DEI policies and issues are concerned with the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to protection from environmental and health hazards. We remain committed to being a more culturally competent and inclusive organization and to ensuring all of DRBA's programs and services are easily accessible, promoted to, and embraced by, our diverse community.

The Dan River Basin Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in North Carolina and Virginia, with basin-wide membership and directors representing both states, and offices and professional staff in Collinsville, Virginia and Eden, North Carolina.

Upcoming events (2)

DRBA Annual Celebration!

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Join us for DRBA’s Annual Celebration!
Free and open to the public, the event will kick-off with food and refreshments and a special presentation by guest speaker Spencer Tassone, Ph.D. candidate at UVA, who will talk about his exciting research related to disturbances, extreme events, and resilience in freshwater aquatic ecosystems and its relevance to the rivers and streams in the Dan River Basin.
After the keynote, writer and composer Angela Daniel-Upchurch will give a performance of her song, “Song of the Dan.”
The event will also include interactive environmental displays, DRBA items for sale, annual Volunteer Awards, recognition of retiring board members and an update on DRBA’s projects and activities planned for 2023.
The event will end with a ribbon-cutting of the new 2.5 mile trail constructed by DRBA on the Patrick & Henry Community College Campus at 11:30am.
Guests are welcome to then pack a bag lunch and eat on the patio overlooking the Beaver Creek Reservoir or visit a local restaurant.
Guests are invited to come back to the event venue for a First Saturday Outing with a guided hike on the new trail. Learn more about FSO.
Please let us know you’re coming! Registration is encouraged, but not required.
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Patrick & Henry Community College
Frith Building
645 Patriot Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112
Follow event signs when you enter the campus to find the Frith Building.

June FSO- Hike at P&HCC

Patrick & Henry Community College

DRBA’s June First Saturday Outing (FSO) will be a 2 +mile hike on the new trail being constructed on the Patrick & Henry Community College Campus.
The hike will follow DRBA’s Annual Celebration event at the Frith Building on campus.
This new trail has been funded by the Eco Ambassador Council (EAC), a coalition of regional businesses that collectively invest in environmental projects that make a positive impact for the communities in the Dan River Basin. The EAC members include Blair Construction, Carter Bank & Trust, Clark Gas & Oil, Frith Construction, Hooker Furnishings, Jones & DeShon Orthodontics, Lester Group, and Pickle & Ash Restaurant. For more information about joining the EAC, please click HERE.
A ribbon-cutting of the new trail will be held approximately at 11:30am on 6/3/23 at the end of DRBA’s Annual Celebration event and the hike will begin at 1:30pm. DRBA’s Annual Celebration, the Ribbon Cutting and the FSO are all open to the public and free of charge.

NOTE: If for any reason the event needs to be cancelled, visit www.danriver.org by Friday, June 2, 2023 to determine whether the outing will be held. Outings and meetings of the Dan River Basin Association are open to the public without charge.

Address: 645 Patriot Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112


Past events (27)

Dan River Clean up!

Madison River Park

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