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6/26/21 Lake Operations Please Read   

Due to extremely limited staffing the lake will operate on a restricted basis on Saturday, 6/26.  The diving platform and half of the swim beach will remain closed the entire day.  Swimmers will be called out of the water hourly in the afternoon so the lifeguards can take a short break.  If the crowd becomes too large, we will have to close the swim area completely and refunds will be given to swimmers who have not enjoyed the majority of the day.  Please bear with us as we work to balance safety and recreational enjoyment for all our guests.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Summer 2021 Swimming and Diving Platform Info -- Please Read   

The lake swimming area at Hanging Rock State Park will open on Saturday, May 29, and will operate 5 days a week (Thursdays through Mondays) through the summer.  The area will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays; swimming is not allowed when the lake is closed.
Boat and canoe rentals will not be available this year.
Due to limited staffing and large crowds, expect partial or full-day diving platform closures at the lake swimming area during times of peak visitation, especially weekends.  We are doing our best to balance recreational avalibility with safety in our swimming area.
No pets are permitted at the swimming area.  They are allowed everywhere else in the park as long as they are on a leash and attended at all times.
 

 Last updated on: Sunday, June 20, 2021

Visitor center closed   

Beginning on October 5, 2020, the visitor center at Hanging Rock State Park will be closed due to construction. The closure is expected to last several months until at least spring of 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve the park.

 Last updated on: Monday, November 9, 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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The park's main gate at Hanging Rock Park Road observes the following opening and closing hours:

  • 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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​All other accesses, including Lower Cascades, Tory's Den, Dan River access, climbing access, and mountain bike trails, observe the gate hours listed below. Please plan accordingly.

  • December to February:
    7:30am to 5:30pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:30am to 7:30pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:30am to 8:30pm
     
  • October:
    7:30am to 7:30pm
     
  • November:
    7:30am to 6:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • The swim beach is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the 2021 season. The beach is open Thursday to Monday, following the hours listed below.
     

  • 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

Thursday to Sunday:
10:00am to 5:45pm

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

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  • Hanging Rock State Park will not have boat rentals available in 2021. The concession stand is open when the swim beach is open.
     

  • Open weekends only in spring and fall
     

  • Open daily during summer months
     
  • 10:00am to 5:30pm
     

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  • Open daily:

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

 

 

 

Facilities for rent

Check the reservations website for availability and prices. 

In addition to campsites and cabins, you can reserve the following facilities at this park:

Picnic Shelters

Unreserved picnic shelters are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the shelters are very popular, so reservations are strongly suggested.

Picnic Shelter #1, located above the lake parking area, has two fireplaces and grills. It accommodates up to 96 people. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. This shelter is not handicap accessible.

Picnic Shelter #2, located at the lower picnic area off Window Falls Trail accessed from Visitor Center Drive, has one fireplace and grill. It accommodates up to 24 people. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. This shelter is not handicap accessible.

Picnic Shelter #3, located at the lower picnic area off Window Falls Trail accessed from Visitor Center Drive, has one fireplace and grill. It accommodates up to 64 people. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. This shelter is not handicap accessible.

Picnic Shelter #4, located right beside the lake parking area, has one grill and a water spigot. It accomodates up to 80 people. Restrooms are nearby. This shelter is ADA accessible and features accessible tables.

Auditorium

The auditorium accommodates 35 people and has video projection equipment. Water fountains and restrooms are nearby. No Wi-Fi. Reservations are required. $103/half day, $178/full day. Please call the park for more information.

Classroom

The classroom accommodates 12 people and has a sink and adjoining deck overlooking Moore’s Knob. Water fountains and restrooms are nearby. No wifi. Portable screen and projector are available. Reservations are required. $85/half day, $160/full day. Please call the park for more information.