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Mountain Bike Trails – Rattler Trail

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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

Mountain Bike Trails – Rattler Trail

Mountain bike trails at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by L. Arrington.

Park at the mountain bike trails parking lot, located at 2568 Moores Spring Road. The trail begins near mile marker 17 of the Major Tom Trail and ends behind the farmhouse. It should be ridden downhill only. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail is for advanced-skilled riders only, and it should not be taken by beginners. It is a steep, downhill trail with fast berms and big doubles, and it is a fun run on a mountain terrain that is sure to challenge.

Mountain bike trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers. Hikers must yield to mountain bikers.

Trail Location: 
Mountain bike trails parking lot — 2568 Moores Spring Road
Trail Length: 
0.50 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
advanced biking
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Biking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
gravel
Trail Blaze: 
black diamonds

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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  • 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.
     

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  • 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
     

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  • Open daily:

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