Did you know that there are three species of owls found in the park? Come learn some interesting facts about these nocturnal hunters, debunk some myths and see some mounted examples of each species. A Ranger will be at the Visitor Center between 2-3pm to answer questions.
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.
Stop by and talk with a Ranger at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm and have a look at some of the unique features that Hanging Rock's animals possess, inside and out.
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.
Join a ranger for a short hike and learn about North Carolina's state reptile, the eastern box turtle. We will participate in several activities along the lake trail before performing a scientific search for turtles in the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water to drink if needed. Approximate length of program is one hour.
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 Loyalist hideout during the American Revolutionary War and learn a bit of interesting local history.
Approximate length: 45 minutes.
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