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Lower Cascades Trail

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Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Campsites are open as of May 22, with the exception of group campsites. Vacation cabins are also open 7 days a week and must be booked from Monday to Monday.

The lake swimming area, boat rentals, and refreshment stand will remain CLOSED through the summer.

All accesses and trails are open. Fishing from the pier or on the trail around the lake is permitted. The Visitor Center and associated restrooms are closed.  Restrooms are open at the lake bathhouse and on the trail leading down to Window Falls.  Restrooms are closed periodically throughout the day to be cleaned.  Please be patient and wait for park staff to finish before entering.

Please be aware: We anticipate the parking lot will reach capacity on most nice weekends. Plan accordingly and try to avoid arriving at the peak hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm. Do not park in undesignated areas. Towing will be enforced.

 Last updated on: Monday, June 29, 2020

Swimming Area Closed Summer 2020   

The lake swimming area, beach and boating area will not open for the summer.  Fishing is available from the pier or the foot trail around the lake.

 Last updated on: Friday, June 19, 2020

Bring Drinking Water!   

With the summer months upon us, it is vitally important that our visitors bring enough drinking water to sustain them during their hike.  Park water fountains are currently turned off.  Please plan accordingly!

 Last updated on: Sunday, May 31, 2020

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



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the visitor center is closed until further notice.

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