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Events and Programs

Hanging Rock State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Did you eat a bit too much during Thanksgiving?   Hike it off!  Join an Environmental Educator for a moderately-steep hike to the popular Hanging Rock (1.3 miles one-way), stopping briefly along the way for a few “nature spotlights”.   The hike will end at the top.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/25/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Hanging Rock Trailhead

A ranger will have a table set up in the Visitor Center lobby from 1:00 - 1:45 displaying the skins and skulls of some of Hanging Rock's furry (and slithery) native denizens.  Stop by to talk and have a look!

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/25/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about the true engineer of home-building and an expert in close family ties.  Feel its lustrous fur, examine its skull, and discover the abilities of this aquatic genius. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Indian Creek Trailhead

Join a ranger outside the Visitor Center for a short hike to the lake.  We will talk about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the tremendous amount of work they did at Hanging Rock State Park during the Great Depression.  Approximate program length: 30-45 minutes.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/26/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Trails at Vade Mecum will be open for hiking from 9-5 on the first weekend of each month. Please check in at the welcome center inside Vade Mecum with the Friends Of Sauratown Mountains volunteer. Maps are available. Guided historic tours are also available for a donation and are scheduled throughout the day. For more info email FSM President Debbie Vaden

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 9:00am to Sun, 12/03/2017 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Vade Mecum trails

Hanging Rock State Park

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
DanburyNC 27016
Latitude: 36.411906
Longitude: -80.254120

Park Hours:

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