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August Lake Schedule -- Please Read!   

The lake swimming area at Hanging Rock State Park will be closed on August 21-22 and 28-29 due to staff shortages created by the upcoming school year.  Otherwise, the area will be open to the public daily through Labor Day Monday (September 3rd).  The diving platform may be closed at times depending on staff availability.

Boat rentals will remain available at the refreshment stand on weekends only until the end of October, but the beach and swimming area will be closed after Labor Day.  Please contact the park for more information.

 Posted on: Monday, July 30, 2018
North End of Moore's Wall Climbing Now Open    

The North End of Moore's Wall at Hanging Rock State Park has reopened for climbing.  Thank you to all climbers for your patience and support.

 Posted on: Friday, July 13, 2018
Volunteer Campground Host Needed!   

Last Minute Cancellation!
Wishing you could live at Hanging Rock State Park?
Do you enjoy interacting with park visitors?
Do you own your own RV/Camper?
There is a way to make your dreams come true!
We are currently looking for a Campground Host for the months of August and September!

  • Join us for the 2018 season in one of North Carolina's premiere State Parks!
  • We are currently looking for a Campground Host for the months of August and September!
  • Our campground consists of 73 campsites and 2 shower houses. 
  • Duties include registering campers, selling firewood, cleaning up campsites, and periodically checking on campground bathrooms.

Please call the park office at (336) 593-8480 and ask for Ranger Ray, or email me at ray.brundege@ncparks.gov

 

 Posted on: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Ecology

Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.

More than 704 species of mountain flora are found in the park. The most abundant plants are rhododendron, azalea, galax, mountain laurel and a wide variety of ferns. The majority of the park is forested by oak and pine, but in moist locations hemlock provides a canopy. Hanging Rock is one of the few places where Canadian and Carolina hemlock grow side by side.

In the highest elevations of the park, much bare rock is exposed. Mosses and lichens, the pioneers of mountain forests, have invaded portions of this bare rock, beginning the process of succession. As the underlying rock weathers and cracks, soil gradually fills the small crevices and flowering plants take hold. Such wildflowers include pink lady's slipper, turkey-beard, bird-foot violet and fire pink. Over thousands or even millions of years, with adequate amounts of water, these plant communities may become even more diverse and forests will creep uphill, ultimately covering the mountain.

The park's forests are home to many animals typical of the piedmont and mountain foothills. Mammal species include white-tailed deer, raccoon and gray fox. On summer evenings, bats can be seen flying overhead looking for insects or dipping down to a stream for a cool drink.

Birds are abundant in all seasons, especially in spring and fall when migrating species add to the resident population and the otherwise quiet mountain air is filled with the melodies of songbirds. Whippoorwills, eastern screech owls and barred owls add special effects while amphibians, including American toads, spring peepers and chorus frogs, lend harmony to warm evenings.

The moist forests and streams of Hanging Rock are home to a variety of salamanders. One species, Wehrle's salamander, is found only in this area of the state. Lizards and snakes are abundant and diverse. Most snakes are seldom seen and harmless, living in areas where insects and amphibians are plentiful.

Contact:

Hanging Rock State Park

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
DanburyNC 27016
Phone336-593-8480
hanging.rock@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.411906
Longitude: -80.254120

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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.

Swimming
(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