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10/26/2020 Parking Lot Closed - Expect Delays   

The Visitor Center parking lot will be closed Monday, 10/26/2020, for placement of a crane involved in the sewer improvement project.  Parking will be available at the lake area, but will be limited.  Please arrive early or risk being turned away if you arrive in the middle of the day on 10/26.

 Last updated on: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Lake Bathhouse Closed and Moore's Wall Loop Trail Temporary Reroute   

Beginning on October 23, 2020, the Lake Bathhouse at Hanging Rock State Park will be closed to upgrade the septic system. 

The Moore's Wall Loop Trail will be temporarily rerouted through the upper picnic area to facilitate the upgrade. Signs will be posted showing the new route. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve the park.

 Last updated on: Friday, October 23, 2020

Weekend delays   

Hanging Rock State Park has been reaching parking capacity by 10 a.m. on weekends. As we move into fall leaf season, please be prepared by arriving early morning or late afternoon on weekends. Weekdays are the best time to visit to avoid parking closures and crowds.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Hanging Rock State Park


Contact the park
 

336-593-8480

hanging.rock@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

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
 

Hours
 

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  • 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.
     

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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the swim beach is closed throughout for the entire 2020 season.
     

  • 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

Tuesday to Sunday:
10:00am to 5:45pm
 

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

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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hanging Rock State Park is not offering boat rentals until further notice.
     

  • Open weekends only in spring and fall
     

  • Open daily during summer months

     

  • 10:00am to 5:30pm
     

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  • Open daily:

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

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

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.

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hanging Rock State Park is not offering boat rentals until further notice.**

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.

Climbing

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.

Swimming

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hanging Rock State Park is not opening the swim beach in 2020.**

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. 

Picnicking

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