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Current status of park facilities   

OPEN: all trails, restrooms, campground, cabins, pier. 

CLOSED: swimming, boat rentals, visitor center, refreshment stand. 

Flush restrooms are open at the lake bathhouse and on the Indian Creek trail near shelter 3. 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: Expect large crowds on weekends, especially at the waterfalls and Hanging Rock. Parking at the Lower Cascades access fills up mid-morning and stays full the entire afternoon. Do not park in undesignated areas. Towing will be enforced.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Hikers 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.  Water fountains at the day-use areas are currently turned off.  Please plan accordingly!

 Last updated on: Friday, July 17, 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

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 11:00am

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

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