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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.


Meet with a Ranger for this guided hike at the Hanging Rock State Park Bathhouse, where there will be a quick park background and safety discussion prior to starting the hike.  We will hike to House Rock and Wolf Rock to enjoy rock formations and panoramic views of other peaks in the Sauratown Mountain Range as well the Piedmont country side.  The Ranger will be available to take hikers on additional hike to hanging rock after this hike is completed.
Please bring plenty of water, snacks or a lunch for afterwards.  Wear shoes appropriate for slick surfaces and rocky terrain.  Pack or wear clothes that will keep you warm and dry.  Be prepared for changing weather conditions and walking up hill. Distance: Approximately 4 miles.

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Brrrrr…..the black bear prepares for denning time ahead.   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, 12/02/2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Hanging Rock Trail

An Environmental Educator will share several of nature’s marvels in a display table.  We will talk about how critters at the park cope with the cold season.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/03/2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Discovery Table

Join an Environmental Educator on a short, nature hike to the Rock Garden.  We’ll identify plants that maintain “Christmas green” the whole year round.  Every participant will be invited to collect a couple of cool nature things (only from the ground, please) to decorate the front of his/her very own Hanging Rock holiday card.

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn more about our nighttime neighbors--owls. Become fascinated by the many ways owls are adapted to performing incredible hunts in the dark of the night. We will also make Owl Ornaments to decorate your Christmas Tree!

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/09/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
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