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Swimming Area Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays   

The lake swimming area will open for the season on Saturday, May 28.  Due to staff shortages, the area will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer, but will be open Thursdays - Mondays.  Canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals will be available when the lake is open.  Please contact the park for more information.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Diving Platform Closures   

Due to lifeguard shortage, the diving platform will be closed intermittently throughout the summer.  Lifeguards will open it if staffing and visitation allows.  We apologize for the inconvenience while we await more guards to join our crew.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 2, 2022


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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The park's main gate at Hanging Rock Park Road observes the following opening and closing hours:

  • 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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​All other accesses, including Lower Cascades, Tory's Den, Dan River access, climbing access, and mountain bike trails, observe the gate hours listed below. Please plan accordingly.

  • December to February:
    7:30am to 5:30pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:30am to 7:30pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:30am to 8:30pm
     
  • October:
    7:30am to 7:30pm
     
  • November:
    7:30am to 6:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • 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

Thursday to Sunday:
10:00am to 5:45pm
 

  • Fee charged for all swimmers. Free swim from 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
     

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  • Hanging Rock State Park will not have boat rentals available in 2021. The concession stand is open when the swim beach is open.
     

  • 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
     

 

 

 

Scheduled events

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.

 

Come prepared to canoe on our historic lake at Hanging Rock State Park. We will meet at the lake parking lot at 10 a.m., located beyond the visitors’ center. This activity is expected to last 45 minutes to an hour and will feature historical education on the Civilian Conservation Corps in our park. Bring water, sunscreen, and shoes that will stay on your feet (no flipflops, please). Canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided by the park. Space is limited to 10 people; first come, first serve.

Date of Event:
Wed, 06/29/2022 - 10:00am
Start Location:
CCC Bathhouse/Lake Parking Lot

Learn about one of the oldest living things in our parks: trees! We'll teach you how to tell the age of a tree and give you the opportunity to make your own cardstock tree cookie. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/02/2022 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Rock Garden

Join our Environmental Educator at the volunteer campsite to learn about legends and lore at HARO and Stokes County.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/02/2022 - 8:30pm
Start Location:
Family Campground

Come learn about bees in our park and our state insect--the honey bee!

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/03/2022 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitors Center

Come learn about bats and the role they play in our environment.

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/03/2022 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitors Center