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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. Weather Dependent.

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/28/2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet an Environmental Educator at the Moore’s Knob Observation Tower and learn to identify the surrounding landmarks, wildlife, and vegetation visible from the park’s peak closest to the clouds.  Witness Fall’s colorful splendor from 2580 feet!  

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/29/2016 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Moore's Knob Observation Tower

Join a Park Ranger for a short (~0.3 mi) hike to the Upper Cascades Waterfalls. Along the way, we will talk about the local trees and how the leaves change into brilliant Autumn colors.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 2:00 PM. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/29/2016 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center Auditorium to learn more about our nighttime neighbors--owls.  Become fascinated by the many ways owls are adapted to performing incredible hunts in the dark of the night. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 10/30/2016 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger for a short, nighttime hike in the friendly woods of Hanging Rock State Park.  We will discuss nocturnal animals and play a few games.  Program is appropriate for all ages.  Please dress for the weather.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/05/2016 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Start Location:
Front of 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