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Upper Cascades Trail

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

Upper Cascades Trail

Upper Cascades Falls at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by R. Curtis.

This trail begins at the west end of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive, at the wooden handrail. The trail immediately crosses Hanging Rock Park Road. The trail starts out asphalt and turns to gravel after passing the intersection with Rock Garden Trail. A wide, gently sloping trail leads downhill to a wooden observation deck with seating for safe views of the tall, burbling falls. A set of wooden stairs takes adventurous hikers and dogs to a shallow catch pool at the base of the waterfall.

Trail Location: 
Visitor center parking lot – 1005 Visitor Center Drive
Trail Length: 
0.20 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
easy hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Discovery/Interpretive Trail
TRACK Trail
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
gravel
paved
Trail Blaze: 
none

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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  • 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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  • 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