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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.


Have you ever wondered what Park Rangers do?  You can find out.  Come by Shelter # 2 to ask questions and learn all about it.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/11/2016 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter # 2

Join a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn about Owl adaptations!  We will also make Owl ornaments for your Christmas Tree!

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/18/2016 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Start off the new year atop the highest peak in Stokes County and join a ranger for Hanging Rock’s 2017 First Day Hike! We will begin at the lake bathhouse and venture up the Moore’s Wall Loop Trail to the tallest point in the Sauratown Mountain Range at 2,580 feet. Please come prepared for a strenuous 4.7 mile trek, wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather! Remember, good hydration is just as important while hiking in wintertime as it is during the summer. We will begin at 9am, and plan on finishing back at the lake by 1pm, just in time to observe (or participate) in the Polar Plunge!

Date of Event:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse
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