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Wolf Rock at Hanging Rock State Park
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Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:30pm
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 3:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 1:00pm

Hanging Rock Trail

Top of Hanging Rock at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by D. Cook.

This trail begins at the top edge of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive. The trail starts out paved and turns to gravel/dirt/dock, gradually gaining elevation. Wood and stone stairs lead to the top of the namesake rock formation, which juts out over the landscape. Hikers can rest on the quartzite and enjoy spectacular views of the park below and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the north.

Trail Location: 
Visitor center parking lot – 1005 Visitor Center Drive
Trail Length: 
1.30 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
orange circles

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016



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GPS: 36.411906, -80.254120


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