The Dan River flows 214 miles (344 km) in the U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia. It rises in Patrick County, Virginia, and crosses the state border into Stokes County, North Carolina. It then flows into Rockingham County. From there it goes back into Virginia. It reenters North Carolina near the border between Caswell County and Rockingham County. It flows into northern Caswell County and then back into southern Virginia and finally into Kerr Reservoir on the Roanoke River. Name of the river comes from Eastern Sioux (Saura, etc.) word for otter, "ptan", which sounds like "Dan" in pronunciation.
A variant name is South Branch Roanoke River.
- "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved Feb. 14, 2011.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dan River
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This part of the Dan river [north] [east] Flows through Danville, Virginia, a city of about 45,000.