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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.


Join a ranger for an easy stroll down to the headwaters of the Haw River and explore the world of an upland swamp.  Wetlands serve many purposes for the environment - from a nursery to a filter - and Haw River is a great place to experience wetlands up close and personal.  We'll provide dip nets, catch basins and identification information of what is caught.  Will talk about environmental indicator species and wetland metaphors during this hour long exploration.  If the weather is iffy or for more information, please call the park office at 336-342-6163 before coming out to the park. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at the Summit Center

Join the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers for a rare glimpse into the sun.  They will be set up at the Visitor Center between 10 am and 12 pm with a telescope using a special filter to look directly into the sun.

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy the night sky through telescopes set up by the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers.  Please dim your lights and enter the Visitor Center parking lot slowly and carefully.  We welcome the general public, but anyone who is not a camper or cabin guest must leave the park by 10:00 pm when the gate closes.

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/27/2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers for a rare glimpse into the sun.  They will be set up at the Visitor Center between 10 am and 12 pm with a telescope using a special filter to look directly into the sun.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/28/2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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

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