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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 us for a Myth Busters special, where we will compare and debunk common myths about well-known species of “spiders”!

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Spiders are gross, scary, and downright menacing – right?  What would it be like to live in a world where they did not exist?  Find out by attending the premiere showing of a skit entitled, “A Town Without Spiders,” presented by the Hanging Rock State Park staff.  Watch as a well-intentioned, but misguided effort to ban arachnids goes terribly awry, and learn a little bit about these amazing creatures!

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 7:30pm
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater

Help us Celebrate Grandparent's Day by teaming up and becoming nature detectives!  A ranger will lead a short hike along the Rock Garden Trail, while looking and learning about the environment that surrounds you. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Back deck of Visitor Center

The Stokes County Arts Council along with Friends of the Sauratown Mountains invite you to our 5th annual "Reach the Peaks" Challenge, the premier hiking challenge in the state. This is a 10-mile trek through Hanging Rock State Park and will allow you to visit the five highest peaks in the park. Everyone who reaches all the peaks and signs in will receive exclusive "I Conquered the Peaks" patches. What a great way to test your fitness, enjoy a day outside in the mountains and have bragging rights with your friends when you complete the trek.  More Details Coming Soon.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/30/2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
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