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Lower Cascades Trail

Hanging Rock and the surrounding view from the peak
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Lower Cascades closed Aug 16,17   

Lower Cascades will be closed August 16 and 17 for parking lot paving. Roadside parking is prohibited. Cars parked illegally will be ticketed and towed. Please enjoy one of our other 4 waterfalls on Aug 16, 17 while crews are working. Call 336-593-8480 for assistance finding an alternate hike. 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Swimming Beach closures   

Swimming closed every Tues & Wed. Diving platform may be closed intermittantly due to lifeguard shortage. Starting mid- August as lifeguards go back to school, swim beach may be closed some weekdays due to staff shortage. Please call ahead 336-593-8480 to confirm swim beach hours/days of operation. 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Lower Cascades Trail

Lower Cascades Falls at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by E. Nygard.

This trail begins at the trailhead and parking lot located at 2143 Hall Road. The trail is made up of gravel, dirt, and rock. Hike a short distance through the forest on level ground to the edge of the gorge, before descending steep wooden and stone stairs to the base of the waterfall. Cascade Creek, which originates at the park lake, emerges from atop the naturally carved stone wall, noisily falling 35 feet into a large pool.

Trail Location: 
Lower Cascades trailhead and parking lot – 2143 Hall Road
Trail Length: 
0.40 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 

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