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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.


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, 07/30/2016 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Start Location:
Group Camp Parking Area

Take a break half-way up the Hanging Rock Trail to feel bear fur, see a bear skull, and learn fascinating facts about the reclusive and seldom-sighted visitor to Hanging Rock State Park.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/30/2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Half Way Up Hanging Rock Trail

Stokes County Arts Council will bring the 1st Annual Cruise-In to Hanging Rock State Park.  Come to the Visitor Center and enjoy live music by Rainjacket.  Free Admission – Door Prizes – 50/50 Raffle – Food Available for purchase.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/30/2016 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Wildlife Rehab Inc. of Forsyth County will bring live animals and discuss caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.  Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.  The General Pubic is invited but must park in the Visitor Center or Lake parking lots due to lack of parking by the Amphitheater.  Positively no dogs allowed at this program.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater

Enjoy a program set up for children and the young at heart.  Campground Amphitheater - Campers and Cabin Guests only, PLEASE.

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/31/2016 - 9:30am
Start Location:
CAmpground Amphitheater

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