Stokes County is OUR STATE magazine's featured county of the month. Visitors to the area discover a place with history, shops, restaurants, and remarkable geography. The county is home to Hanging Rock State Park, the Dan River, long-standing tobacco barns and farmhouses, and families with roots going back generations. People living in the southern sections are minutes from Winston-Salem; those in the northern parts have bobcats and coyotes in their backyards. The country's only deposits of itacolumite, or flexible sandstone, are found there. Stokes County has the only mountain range in the nation that begins and ends within the county's borders.