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Cook's Wall Trail

Hanging Rock and the surrounding view from the peak
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PARK CLOSED Saturday, 1/28   

Hanging Rock State Park will be closed on Saturday, January 28, due to snow accumulations on park roads.  We will remove this message when roads are cleared and the park reopens.

 Last updated on: Friday, January 28, 2022

Smoke Warning Friday, January 28th   

Hanging Rock will be conducting a small, prescribed burn on Friday, January 28th on less than an acre of land. Smoke will be minimal, please do not call 911.

 Last updated on: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Icy Conditions Still Present on Trails   

Though much of the snowfall has melted and roadways are clear, much ice remains, especially in shady areas such as trails.  Please come prepared if you decide to hike in these conditions.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Cook's Wall Trail

House Rock at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by D. Cook.

This trail begins at the trailhead behind the lake bathhouse, located at 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, and it has some uneven steps. The trail offers sweeping views of the south and west with Sauratown and Pilot Mountain viewable in the distance.

A rock formation feature, House Rock, is located 1.4 miles from the parking lot along this trail. House Rock is named for a "house-like" portion of the formation, which is a rock shelter overhang cavity that resembles a "living room."

Other tall rock formations, including Devil's Chimney, are found past the end of the trail. The Cook's Wall section of rock is open for climbing with a permit.

Trail Location: 
Lake parking lot – 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road
Trail Length: 
2.20 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
white diamonds

Map of North Carolina – Hanging Rock State Park

Contact the park



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



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.


​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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • Open daily:

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