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Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Campsites are open as of May 22, with the exception of group campsites. Vacation cabins are also open 7 days a week and must be booked from Monday to Monday.

The lake swimming area, boat rentals, and refreshment stand will remain CLOSED through the summer.

All accesses and trails are open. Fishing from the pier or on the trail around the lake is permitted. The Visitor Center and associated restrooms are closed.  Restrooms are open at the lake bathhouse and on the trail leading down to Window Falls.  Restrooms are closed periodically throughout the day to be cleaned.  Please be patient and wait for park staff to finish before entering.

Please be aware: We anticipate the parking lot will reach capacity on most nice weekends. Plan accordingly and try to avoid arriving at the peak hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm. Do not park in undesignated areas. Towing will be enforced.

 Last updated on: Monday, June 29, 2020

Swimming Area Closed Summer 2020   

The lake swimming area, beach and boating area will not open for the summer.  Fishing is available from the pier or the foot trail around the lake.

 Last updated on: Friday, June 19, 2020

Bring Drinking Water!   

With the summer months upon us, it is vitally important that our visitors bring enough drinking water to sustain them during their hike.  Park water fountains are currently turned off.  Please plan accordingly!

 Last updated on: Sunday, May 31, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Hanging Rock State Park


Contact the park
 

336-593-8480

hanging.rock@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Park entrance

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016

GPS: 36.4119, -80.2541

 

Visitor center

1005 Visitor Center Drive
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3952, -80.2665

 

Lake bathhouse

2847 Hanging Rock Park Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3902, -80.2678

 

Lower Cascades parking area

2143 Hall Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4148, -80.2647

 

Dan River access

1258 Flinchum Road
Danbury, NC 27016

GPS: 36.4293, -80.2487

 

Tory's Den parking area

1185 Charlie Young Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4019, -80.2995

 

Climbing access

1035 Climbing Access Drive
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3995, -80.2906

 

Mountain biking access

2568 Moores Spring Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4187, -80.2839
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • Campers and cabin guests must arrive prior to the closing hour, after which the park gate is closed for the night.
     

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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the swim beach is closed throughout for the entire 2020 season.
     

  • Summer months only. Hours may vary due to staff availability. The diving platform may be closed due to staffing; please inquire with staff for hours.
     

  • Monday:
    11:00am to 5:45pm

Tuesday to Sunday:
10:00am to 5:45pm
 

  • Fee charged for all swimmers. Free swim from 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
     

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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hanging Rock State Park is not offering boat rentals until further notice.
     

  • Open weekends only in spring and fall
     

  • Open daily during summer months

     

  • 10:00am to 5:30pm
     

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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the visitor center is closed until further notice.
     

  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 4:45pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Additional information

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Climbing

All climbers must register with the park by completing a climbing and rappelling registration and activity permit which is available at the park office or at the climbing accesses. There is no fee for this permit. Prior to activity, a copy of the permit must be deposited in a registration box or given to a park ranger. An additional copy is provided for participants and must be held in their possession while engaged in climbing or rappelling.

Participants are responsible for their own personal safety, including securing proper training and equipment, and adhering to safe practices. Basic rock climbing safety equipment and techniques must be used at all time.

The following state park climbing regulations apply at all times:

  • All climbers must register with the park staff and must keep in their possession a valid rock climbing and rappelling permit.
  • NC state parks do not install or maintain any climbing route or fixed anchors. New routes are not permitted.
  • Climbers climb at their own risk and are responsible for obtaining proper equipment and training. Unroped climbing is discouraged.
  • Route selection and the decision to rely on any fixed anchors are the climber's responsibility.
  • Climbing activities are permitted in designated areas only and must coincide with the park's posted hours of operation.
  • All accidents and injuries must be reported to park staff.

Note: All climbers and rappellers must schedule their activity in order to leave the park by the posted closing hour.

Fishing

Anyone over 16 years old must have a NC fishing license. All North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission fishing regulations are enforced.

Swimming

Fees for the swimming area are $6/day for adults (13 and over) and $4/day for children (ages 3-12).

Availability

Summer months depending on staff availability.
Monday 11am- 5:45pm
Tuesday - Sunday - 10am - 5:45pm

Boating

No private boats are allowed on the park lake. 

Canoes and rowboats may be rented when the lake facilities are open. Canoes accommodate up to 2 people, and rowboats accommodate up to 3 people.  Rental fees are $7 per hour.

Availability

Summer Months depending on staff availability. Saturdays and Sundays in April, May, September, October
Monday 11am until 4:30pm.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am until 4:30pm.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.