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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.


An Environmental Educator will share several of nature’s marvels in a display table.  We will talk about how critters at the park are coping with the cold season.  And where are the bugs now?

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 10:45am to 11:15am
Start Location:
Outside Visitor Center

Do you know what a monadnock is? Join a Park Ranger at the top of Hanging Rock, for a discussion about the park and the surrounding landscape and find out!

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Top of Hanging Rock

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, 12/16/2017 - 10:45am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Hanging Rock Trail

Join a Park Ranger to learn how the habitat around us adapts to the cold without central heating.  Bring your jacket, hat, and gloves for the short walk to Upper Cascades Waterfalls.  We will discuss how local plant and animal life adapt to the weather.  There will be an explanation of migration, hibernation, denning, and which animals do each.

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/16/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Outside of Visitor Center

Join an Environmental Educator on a leisurely hike (0.3 mile one-way) along the Upper Cascades Trail as we identify plants that maintain the Christmas “green” all year round.   We’ll enjoy a bit of music regarding evergreens as we observe nature’s holiday decorations.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Outside 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