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Swim Beach Closed for Season / Fall Boating Schedule   

The swim beach at Hanging Rock Lake is closed for the season.

Canoe and rowboat rentals are available at the lake refreshment stand on weekends only through the end of October.

Please contact the park for more information.

 Posted on: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 8:33am
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.


The Stokes Future Farmers' Market provides both economic opportunities for local farmers and artisan crafters and access to fresh local food and local crafts to residents and visitors in Stokes County.  Our current vendors sell seasonal fresh produce, locally-raised beef, honey, handmade scented soaps, homemade baked goods, handmade jewelry, hand-painted decorative items, handmade kitchen fabric items, wreaths and garden art.  We also have a local massage therapist providing chair massages -- a great way to relax after your hiking adventures!

The Market is located in the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor Center Parking Lot.  We will be open from 1 pm to 4 pm every Friday afternoon through September.  Please come see us.  We love to meet and chat with visitors from near and far.

Date of Event:
Fri, 09/30/2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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, 10/01/2016 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Group Camp Parking Lot

Stop along the Upper Cascades Trail to learn about the true engineer of home-building and the expert in close family ties. Feel its lustrous fur, examine its skull, and discover the abilities of this aquatic genius.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Along Upper Cascades

Join an Assistant Park Ranger at the Lake Bathhouse to learn about the species in our waters and how to catch them.  Children are invited to try their hand at “casting” in a fun Backyard Bass game!

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/01/2016 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Join the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers for a rare glimpse into the sun.  They will be set up at the Visitor Center between 10 am and 12 pm with a telescope using a special filter to look directly into the sun.

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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