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August Schedule for Lake Swimming Area   

Due to seasonal staffing issues brought about by the new school year, the lake swimming area at Hanging Rock State Park will be closed August 23rd - 25th, and August 29 - September 2.  Otherwise, the area will be open every day in August, as well as the three-day Labor Day weekend, September 3-5.

After Labor Day, swimming will be closed for the season.  Boat rentals will still be available on weekends only through the end of October.

Please contact the park for more information.

 Posted on: Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 10:54am
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, 08/26/2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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, 08/27/2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Along Upper Cascades

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

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/28/2016 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater

Take a break on your way to Hidden & Window Falls across from Shelter 3 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:
Sun, 08/28/2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Indian Creek Trail across from Shelter # 3

Meet a park ranger at 3:00 at the Tory's Den parking lot for a short 0.3 mi. hike to the cave and learn about the history and legend surrounding the area. Please no pets at program. Program length: Approx. 45 minutes.

Date of Event:
Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Tory's Den Parking 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