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Lake Operations August Schedule   

Due to the staff shortage caused by employees returning to school, the lake swimming and boating area at Hanging Rock State Park will be closed on August 21-23 and August 29 - September 1.  Otherwise, the area will remain open daily until Labor Day Monday, September 4.

Partial swimming area closures and / or diving platform closures may be implemented other weekdays in late August due to the shortage, but we will attempt to make any such interruptions as brief as possible.  Please contact the park for more information.

 Posted on: Friday, August 18, 2017 - 4:53pm
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.


A ranger will have a table set up at the Visitor Center from 3:00 - 3:30 displaying the skins and skulls of some of Hanging Rock's furry (and slithery) native denizens.  Stop by to talk and have a look!

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/16/2017 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal relief agency formed during the Great Depression that gave the youth of America meaningful work when they needed it most.  Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike to the park lake and learn about the Corps and all the work they did here at Hanging Rock State Park.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/17/2017 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a break half-way up Hanging Rock Trail to discover the amazing design and construction of various “Home-Sweet-Homes” you might see in the park.  Learn to distinguish the difference between the nests of hornets and paper wasps, fall webworms and tent caterpillars, as well as a variety of birds.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Hanging Rock Trail

Come check out our Farmers Market featuring homegrown produce, crafts, food and other items made and grown in Stokes County. This farmers market is offered by Stokes Future, a nonprofit designed to help feed our own, employ our own, and prosper.

Market will be open from 11 am until 2 pm every Saturday through November 11, 2017 in the parking lot near the Visitor Center. Live music too!


Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Nov 11 2017.
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 07/15/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 07/29/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 08/05/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 08/12/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/02/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/16/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/30/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 10/28/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:00am, Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center parking lot

Join a park ranger to learn all about spiders and celebrate The Year of the Spider!  We’ll build a spider and discuss all the neat features that make a spider special.  Meet in the Visitor Center Auditorium.  Approximate length of program is 30 minutes.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 3:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

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