The seasonal wildlife closure of Moore's Wall's North End is now in effect, due to peregrine falcon monitoring and potential activity. The closure will run through 08/31/2019, but may open earlier depending on peregrine activity. Climbing,bouldering, and hiking by park visitors beyond the North End trail point along the Moore's Wall access will be prohibited during the closure.
NOTE: This closure does not affect the Moore's Wall Loop Trail itself or access to the observation tower by hikers within the park.Last updated on: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Rowboat and canoe rentals will be available at the park lake beginning on April 20. The concession will be open on weekends only during the spring at the Refreshment Stand from 10am - 4:30pm. The swimming area will remain closed until May 25th, when it opens daily for the summer season.Last updated on: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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.
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.
1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016
GPS: 36.411906, -80.254120
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.
(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