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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.


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

Join an Environmental Educator to celebrate The Year of the Spider and to learn the vital role they play in our lives and in the world around us!  We’ll build a spider and do several fun activities which demonstrate how they hunt for insects.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Join a Park Ranger for a short, informative hike from the Visitor Center to the Lake Bath House.  We'll discuss the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the park and see first-hand impacts of their important work.  Pictures and artifacts will be on-hand as well.  Approximate length of program is 45 minutes.  In case of inclement weather, program will be held in the Visitor Center Auditorium.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 3:30pm
Start Location:
In front of the Visitor Center

Reach the Peaks is the premier hiking and trail running peak challenge in North Carolina! The event offers a strenuous 10 mile world class trail route that will test participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Peak 1 Moore's Knob, Peak 2 House Rock, Peak 3 Cook's Wall, Peak 4 Wolf Rock, and Peak 5 Hanging Rock.  

THIS EVENT IS NOT A RACE.  A Timer will be located at the START/FINISH line, but all  participants are responsible to record their own time.

All participants should report to the Event START/FINISH location at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Parking Lot on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  CHECK IN for the Trail Running Challenge portion is scheduled from 7am until 7:45am.  ALL Trail Running participants are required to begin promptly at 8am. Hikers may check in following the runners.
Advance Registration is $30 per person and ends on Friday, September 22 at 5 pm. Day-of Registration is $40 per person.

Participants Registering before September 1 at 5pm will receive an event t-shirt and Farm to Feet Socks.  All participants will receive a post-hike meal/beverage and swag bag.  This year Bottled Water will be available on the route at the intersections of Hanging Rock / Wolf Rock Trails and Magnolia Springs / Moores Knob Loop Trails. Please plan to bring plenty of your own water too, as the water we provide is limited! 
Participants who complete the challenge will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of runners who have completed this single day  challenge.

NO DOGS will be allowed on the Trail Running portion of the Reach the Peaks Challenge.  


THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE (Unless Directed by Stokes Emergency Services to cancel due to natural disaster)  

NO REFUNDS!  (Unless cancelled under direction of Stokes Emergency Services)
Triad Outdoor Painters will be capturing the day through paintings that will be exhibited the month of October in the Hanging Rock State Park Visitors Center, with a reception scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2pm to 4pm.

Hanging Rock State Park is located at 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC and is the 2012 North Carolina State Park of the Year with over 7,000 acres of hiking trails, waterfalls, lake/beach/bathhouse, campground/cabins, visitors center, and Dan River access.

Visit for full details. Or call 336-593-8159.


Date of Event:
Sat, 09/30/2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
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