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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about area attractions at the Stokes County website.
Hanging Rock State Park
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