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Lake Swimming Area Opens May 28   

The lake swimming area, boat rentals and refreshment stand will open for the summer season on Saturday, May 28.  Daily hours of operation are 10:00 AM to 5:45 PM (Mondays 11 AM to 5:45 PM).  Please contact the park for more information.

 Posted on: Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8:02pm
Events and Programs

Hanging Rock State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Tailgate with a Ranger to learn more about their multiple roles performed in the park.  Tools of the trade will be on display. All are invited to this fun exchange of experiences and questions.  Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot.

Date of Event:
Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Parking Lot

Join a ranger for a short hike and learn about North Carolina's state reptile, the eastern box turtle.  We will participate in several activities along the lake trail before performing a scientific search for turtles in the park.  Approximate length of program is 45 minutes.

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/07/2016 - 3:30pm
Start Location:
Lake Bath House

Join a Ranger for a “strenuous, but fun uphill run.”  This will be a 3.7-mile round-trip route with an elevation gain of 500 feet.  The run will start at the Group Camp parking area and will follow the main park road up to the Lake Bathhouse.  It will continue by following the main road down and around the Visitor Center parking area.  You will finish by following the main road down to the Group Camp parking area.  Be sure to wear bright colored clothing and hydrate in advance.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/09/2016 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Start Location:
Group Camp Parking Area

Wildlife Rehab Inc. of Forsyth County will be at the Lake Bathhouse with live birds and will discuss caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.  Positively no dogs allowed at this program.

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/10/2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Join a park ranger at the Tory’s Den parking lot for a short (0.3 mi) hike to the cave and nearby waterfalls.  We will discuss how the cave was used during the American Revolutionary War and learn a bit of interesting local history.  Please no dogs at program.

Date of Event:
Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Tory's Den Park Lot

Hanging Rock State Park

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
DanburyNC 27016
Latitude: 36.411906
Longitude: -80.254120

Park Hours:

December, January, February: 7am - 7pm
March, April: 7am - 9pm
May, June, July, August, September: 7am - 10pm
October: 7am - 9pm
November: 7am - 8pm

Camping and cabin guests must arrive prior to the closing hour, after which the park gate is closed for the night.

The park is closed Christmas Day.

(Summer months only. Hours may vary slightly due to staff availability. Diving platform may be closed due to staffing, please inquire with staff for hours)
Monday: 11am - 5:45pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5:45pm
(Fee charged for all swimmers. Free swim from 5-5:45 pm)

Boat Rentals and Concession Stand
Weekends only in spring and fall (10am - 5:30pm)
Daily during summer months

Park Visitor Center
9am - 4:45pm daily