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Hanging Rock and the surrounding view from the peak
Trail Closure   

The Indian Creek Trail and River Bluffs Trail by the Dan River are currently closed due to Foot Bridge Construction.   We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve the park.
 

 Last updated on: Monday, September 20, 2021

Visitor center closed   

Beginning on October 5, 2020, the visitor center at Hanging Rock State Park will be closed due to construction. The closure is expected to last several months until at least winter of 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve the park.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Lake area closed for season   

Hanging Rock Lake and swim beach are currently closed for the 2021 season.  Entering the beach area and swimming in the lake is prohibited.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 10, 2021


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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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.
     

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​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
     

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  • 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.
     

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  • 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
     

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  • Open daily:

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

 

 

 

Camping

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMENITIES:

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.

 

Tent and trailer camping

The tent and trailer campgrounds offer two one-way loops that lead to 73 campsites. One site is wheelchair accessible.

Each campsite has a picnic table, grill and tent pad accommodating up to six people and two tents.

Some campsites can accommodate RVs. There are no hookups or dump station provided. Check the reservations website for details.

Drinking water and bathhouses with utility sinks and hot showers are nearby. The bathhouses are closed December 1 to March 15; during this time, only a pit toilet is available.

You MUST have a reservation to camp. You can make reservations until 9 p.m. the day of check-in by calling 1-877-722-6762 or northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com. Staff will not be making face-to-face reservations. Upon arrival, you can check-in at the "self check-in station" in the campgrounds.

 

Group camping

Five campsites located near the entry gate offer a primitive, wilderness camping experience for groups of six to 16.

Each group site has picnic tables and a fire circle. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are nearby. Reservations are required.

 

Vacation cabins

Cabins are available year-round except December 24 and 25. Reservations are required.

Each cabin has a bathroom, living room, kitchen with dining space and two bedrooms. Each cabin accommodates up to six people. You must bring your own linens.

Smoking is not permitted in the cabins. Two of the cabins are wheelchair accessible.

Animals are not allowed in the cabins or cabin area, with the exception of service animals.

» Learn more and see photos in the Hanging Rock State Park cabin brochure

 

NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number. Please notify camp hosts for emergencies only.