This is a brisk meandering float through the high piedmont countryside, with every kind of scenery there is: farms, pastures, fields, forests, houses, hunting shacks, and a few roads. A great day trip for pairs or small groups. The river changes from rocky riffles to wide sandy bottoms throughout the reach, with some rapids sprinkled every so often.
One Class III rapid exists just over halfway through this section and should be portaged by inexperienced paddlers as there is no good access in the area.
Other trip reports: http://www.lifeinmayberry.com/DanRiver.htm
There is a dam just before Jessups Mill (with "no portage", according to the guy who works at the mill).
Aerial views (via Google Maps) show a small dirt road by riverleft just above the dam that looks like it could be used for take out and/or portage, although it lies within private property. It's also important to note that there is no take out at Jessups Mill due to it being downstream of the dam.
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Biggest Dan Rapid
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