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Lake Parking Lot Closed 5/18   

The Lake Parking Lot will be closed on Wednesday, May 18th, as repairs are made.  Bathrooms are available at the Visitor Center and picnic areas. All areas are still open to pedestrian traffic.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Summer 2022 Lake Operations   

The lake swimming area will open for the season on Saturday, May 28.  Due to staff shortages, the area may be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer, but should be able to operate at least 5 days a week.  Canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals will be available when the lake is open.  Please contact the park for more information.

 Last updated on: Friday, April 29, 2022

Map of North Carolina – Hanging Rock State Park

Contact the park



Park entrance

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016

GPS: 36.4119, -80.2541


Visitor center

1005 Visitor Center Drive
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3952, -80.2665


Lake bathhouse

2847 Hanging Rock Park Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3902, -80.2678


Lower Cascades parking area

2143 Hall Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4148, -80.2647


Dan River access

1258 Flinchum Road
Danbury, NC 27016

GPS: 36.4293, -80.2487


Tory's Den parking area

1185 Charlie Young Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4019, -80.2995


Climbing access

1035 Climbing Access Drive
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3995, -80.2906


Mountain biking access

2568 Moores Spring Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4187, -80.2839



The park's main gate at Hanging Rock Park Road observes the following opening and closing hours:

  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Campers and cabin guests must arrive prior to the closing hour, after which the park gate is closed for the night.


​All other accesses, including Lower Cascades, Tory's Den, Dan River access, climbing access, and mountain bike trails, observe the gate hours listed below. Please plan accordingly.

  • December to February:
    7:30am to 5:30pm
  • March to April:
    7:30am to 7:30pm
  • May to September:
    7:30am to 8:30pm
  • October:
    7:30am to 7:30pm
  • November:
    7:30am to 6:30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • Summer months only. Hours may vary due to staff availability. The diving platform may be closed due to staffing; please inquire with staff for hours.

  • Monday:
    11:00am to 5:45pm

Thursday to Sunday:
10:00am to 5:45pm

  • Fee charged for all swimmers. Free swim from 5:00pm to 5:45pm.


  • Hanging Rock State Park will not have boat rentals available in 2021. The concession stand is open when the swim beach is open.

  • Open weekends only in spring and fall

  • Open daily during summer months
  • 10:00am to 5:30pm


  • Open daily:

  • 9:00am to 4:45pm
  • Closed Christmas Day




Things to do


The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Boating and Fishing

Fishing is permitted year round on the lake for bass, sunfish and catfish. Anyone over 16 years old must have a NC fishing license. Fish from the shore, the wheelchair accessible pier or from a rental boat.

**Hanging Rock State Park is not offering boat rentals in 2021.**

Rowboats and canoes are rented for use on the lake during the spring, summer and fall. Private boats are not allowed.

The Dan River Access on the north side of the park provides parking and a ramp for fishing, paddling and tubing. Bring your own equipment or take advantage of nearby outfitters who provide equipment and shuttling services for kayaking, canoeing and tubing.

Fishing the Dan River in the park is generally for smallmouth bass and sunfish. The best practical access for fishing is by boat or wading.


Rock climbing is available in the park by permit. Cook's Wall and Moore's Wall, a series of cliffs up to 400 feet high and extending almost two miles, provide opportunities for seasoned climbers and novices alike. All other areas of the park are closed to climbing and rappelling.

IMPORTANT: read the FAQS and Rules about climbing in the park.


**During the 2021 season, the swim beach is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The beach is open Thursday through Monday following regular operating hours.**

Tucked into the hills is an inviting 12-acre lake, formed by the damming of Cascade Creek. A popular center of activity at the park, the lake is a source of beauty as well as fun. A hardwood forest extends to the shoreline from surrounding slopes, and paths along the lakeshore lead to the dam and offer views of the lake and surrounding woodlands. A stone and timber bathhouse includes restrooms, dressing rooms, a snack bar and a lounge area with a view of the lake and Moore's Knob. See the Fees/FAQs/Rules for information about operating hours and costs.

Mountain Biking

Enjoy riding your mountain bike on single track, with rock ledges, fast flow, stream crossings, and great views of the Sauratown Mountains. See the Trails page for more information. 


Two picnic areas offer 60 picnic sites and 15 grills in total. One area is near the trailheads for Indian Creek and Hanging Rock and is shaded by the large trees of the hardwood forest. The other picnic area is on a shaded, terraced hillside near the lake. There is one wheelchair accessible picnic table here. Drinking water and restrooms are near both picnic areas. The refreshment stand at the lake is open during the summer.

Shelters for group picnics are located in both picnic areas. Each shelter offers tables, a grill, and a fireplace. The picnic shelters are available by reservation for a modest fee. If the shelters are not reserved, they are available on a first-come basis free of charge. For directions to a specific shelter, please stop by the visitor's center.

Area Attractions

Learn more about area attractions at the Stokes County website