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Hanging Rock and the surrounding view from the peak
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
     

 

 

 

Educational programs

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Hanging Rock State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.

To arrange a special exploration of Hanging Rock State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Hanging Rock State Park have been developed for grades 5-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Hanging Rock program introduces students to basic geologic concepts and relates the concepts to the Sauratown Mountain range. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators. To learn more about environmental education or to search our database of upcoming workshops, please click the Education Tab above. Or, drop by the park visitor's center and pick up a schedule in person.

Exhibit Hall

There's more to Hanging Rock than outdoor recreation! Stop by the park visitor's center to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park. From hands-on exhibits about plants and animals to a video about the Civilian Conservation Corps, there's much to see, learn and do.

A hall in the visitor's center offers a variety of interactive exhibits. Open panels of a dead tree to see what's inside. Or, watch a video about the people who formed the park. Learn about geology, bend a rock, or learn more about the Saura Native Americans. Enjoy dioramas of the plants and animals that live on rocky cliffs and near creeks.

The hall also features an art gallery with seasonally changing art exhibits. 

In the lobby of the visitor's center, learn about air quality in the Sauratown Mountain Range, or check out the latest exhibit posted in the hallway display case. Whatever you do, make sure you allow yourself enough time to enjoy some outdoor recreation at the park, too! The exhibit hall is open from 9am until 4:45pm daily.