Be your own champion as you run or hike to the 5 big peaks in Hanging Rock State Park. This is a challenging (but do-able by anyone with proper training and attitude) 10 plus mile outdoor adventure that showcases the natural beauty of one of the best state parks in North Carolina. All proceeds benefit Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain State Parks. Registration is $30 and opens on January 1, 2019. Find registration options and all the information you need about the event on this website: https://high5athangingrock.com This event is brought to you by the Friends Of Sauratown Mountains!
Events and Programs
Park and Forestry staff will be conducting presrcibed burns in the park in several locations in March. Expect smoke. Please call the office for details on trail and campsite closures.Last updated on: Wednesday, March 20, 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
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.Last updated on: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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.
Please join us for the grand opening of the Hanging Rock State Park Mountain Bike Trails. Local and regional cycling and outdoor businesses and organizations will be there promoting their services, products, and missions. Celebrate a life outdoors!
Join a park ranger at the Tory’s Den parking lot for a short (0.3 mi) hike to the cave. We will discuss how the area was used as a hideout for British Loyalists during the American Revolution and learn a bit of interesting local history.
A ranger will have a table set up at the Visitor Center from 2:00 - 2:45 displaying the skins and skulls of some of Hanging Rock's furry (and slithery) native denizens. Stop by to talk and have a look!
Join a Park Ranger for a short, informative hike from the Visitor Center to the Lake Bath House. We'll discuss the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the park and see first-hand impacts of their important work. Pictures and artifacts will be on-hand as well. Approximate length of program is 45 minutes. In case of inclement weather, program will be held in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Hanging Rock State Park
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