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Hanging Rock and the surrounding view from the peak
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NO SWIMMING ALLOWED   

The lake is currently closed for swimming and boating.  The Lake is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  This year lake operational hours may be affected by the number of staff that we are able to secure.  Check back for updates.

 Last updated on: Thursday, April 15, 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

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, and rock, gradually gaining elevation. It takes most average people 1 hour to reach the top. 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: 
moderate hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
gravel
paved
stairs
Trail Blaze: 
orange circles

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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  • 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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  • Open daily:

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