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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 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.

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/24/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Lobby

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.

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Lobby

Take a break half-way up Hanging Rock Trail to feel bear fur, see a bear skull, and learn fascinating facts about the reclusive and seldom-sighted visitor in the park.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/03/2018 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Hanging Rock Trail

Join an Environmental Educator and learn to identify the signs that wild animals have walked our trails.  Match tracks and scat to the furs and pictures of these park residents.

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/04/2018 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Indian Creek Trailhead

An Environmental Educator will share several of nature’s marvels in a display table.  Take a close look at a mounted timber rattlesnake, the tiny skeleton of a bat, the skin shed by a spider, and more.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:45am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Front of Visitor Center

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