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Main Water Line Break -- Restrooms and Water Faucets Out of Order   

Due to a break in the main water line, the restrooms are currently closed at Hanging Rock State Park.  Drinking water is also unavailable.  Portable toilets are located in the parking lots at the Visitor Center and at the Lake, but we highly advise visitors to bring plenty of drinking water with them until we can complete repairs.  This message will be removed when the water is restored.

 Posted on: Friday, June 22, 2018
Swimming Area Operations Schedule   

The lakefront swimming area, boating and refreshment stand at Hanging Rock State Park will be open from Saturday, May 26 until Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.  It will then close and reopen on Friday, June 1, and be open daily throughout the summer.   Hours of operation are from 10am - 5:45pm (Mondays 11am - 5:45pm).

Please contact the park for more information.

 Posted on: Sunday, May 27, 2018
North End of Moore's Wall Climbing Closure   

The North End of Moore's Wall at Hanging Rock State Park is closed to rock climbing due to nesting peregrine falcons in the area.  Only the North End is affected by this closure -- other parts of the wall and the boulder field remain open.  Please contact the park for more information.

 Posted on: Wednesday, April 11, 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