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Polar Plunge

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016



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GPS: 36.411906, -80.254120


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

Polar Plunge

All event festivities will originate from the Historic Bathhouse, with registration beginning at 2pm, the costume parade at 3:15pm, and the plunge at 3:30pm, with musical entertainment provided throughout the afternoon.

Participants brave enough to “take the plunge” will enjoy endless food and beverage consisting of hot dogs, chili, chicken stew, coffee and hot chocolate, as well as a refreshing dip into the spring fed lake with a plunge time temperature between 40 and 45 degrees. Participants are also encouraged to dress in costume with prize categories including best youth, best individual, and best group awards. Concessions will also be available for purchase for non-participant spectators.

“The Polar Plunge has been a fabulous event the first four years and one that we now receive phone calls about year round” said Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “We like to think of it as a big costume party with food, music and a cold bath at Stokes County’s number one destination.” “It’s the most exhilarating way to celebrate the New Year” he added. Proceeds from this year’s event will support public art programs of the Stokes County Arts Council, as well as special projects at Hanging Rock State Park.

New Year’s Day – 2-4:30 pm

Hanging Rock State Park Lake
1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd., Danbury, NC

$25 Advance Registration,  Day Of Event $35                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Register Now at!

Ages 14 & Up
Under 18 must have consent of parent/guardian

Parade of Costumes: 3:15  Plunge begins: 3:30
1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes for best youth, adult & costume

Beach Bon Fire, Heated Changing Rooms, and New Year’s Day Fun!
The event will take place rain or shine, unless directed by Stokes Emergency Medical Services to cancel.

Spectators Welcome! There will be food and beverage for sale for those watching and supporting! Chili, Chicken Stew, Hot Cocoa, Coffee, soft drinks, bottled water will be available.

For more information call 336-593-8159


Date of Event: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 2:00pm

Start Location: 
Bathhouse at the lake