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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 artist Heather Calloway to explore her latest artwork. Reception and refreshements 2-4 pm.

Date of Event:
Sun, 01/22/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jaybird Gallery in the Visitor Center

Join the Friends Of Sauratown Mountains for an open-house at Vade Mecum. Obs, the company hired to help the park plan future operations at Vade Mecum/Moore's Springs will be on site and they want to know your opinions! What would you like to see happen in this property? Come help us form the future of your park. All the buildings including the hotel and chapel will be open for touring. Volunteers from Friends Of Sauratown Mountians will be on site to help answer questions and be your guide. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

1:15 p.m. introductions by the  park superintendent (gym)
1:30 p.m. Brian Starkey from Obs will explain the official planning process (gym)
1:30 - 5:00 pm information sharing, surveys, etc. (gym)
1:30 - 5:00 tour the grounds and buildings at your leisure
3:00 history presentation by Steve Shelton (gym)
3:45 short hike to Springhouse (meet on gym porch)

Physical address for this event is 1105 Camp Sertoma Dr. Westfield, NC 27053 inside beautiful Hanging Rock State Park


Date of Event:
Sat, 01/28/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Vade Mecum (starts in the gym/rec hall)

Join a ranger January 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. to hike the Riverbluffs Trail. It is a flat & easy 1.3 mile loop trail that begins and ends at 1258 Flinchum Rd. Danbury, NC 27016 at the river access parking lot. No need to preregister. Hike is expected to take about one hour. This hike is meant to be a post-holiday, post-election COMPLETELY SILENT hike. No phones allowed. No dogs allowed. No talking. No ear buds. No cameras.  Unplug & recharge yourself! Re-Discover peace! 
An out-of-shape park ranger will guide the hike and set the slow pace but  you are free to hike at your leisure if you want to go even slower or faster if you need to. The ranger will wait to make sure everyone finishes. Whatever it takes for an hour of pure nature sounds. There will be a planned stop at the "play wave" to throw rocks into the river. Other stops will be to smell mountain mint and beefsteak plant and to observe lycopodium spores. But there won't be any talking!

Date of Event:
Sun, 01/29/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Riverbluffs Trailhead at 1258 Flinchum Rd. Danbury, NC 27016
Date of Event:
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

June 3 is National Trails Day, so let’s “Hike for the Health of It!”  Take the Mountain-High Challenge and join an Environmental Educator on a 5.8-mile hike (11.6 miles round-trip) from the lowest to the highest points at Hanging Rock State Park and back again!  Meet at the Dan River Access on Flinchum Road (elevation 750) at 9:00 am to begin our moderately-paced hike to the Moore’s Wall Observation Tower (elevation 2580).   Bring water and lunch, for we will dine with the backdrop of stunning views.  We will stop at the Visitor Center on the way up and back to refill water and stop at the restrooms.  Due to length and steepness, this hike is recommended for ages 10 and older.  This hike is rated strenuous.  Estimated time:  7 hours which includes lunch break.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Dan River Access off of Flinchum Road

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