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Hanging Rock and the surrounding view from the peak
Upcoming visitor center closure in October   

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.

Park visitors can visit the refreshment stand at the lake bathhouse for park information, Passport stamps, and other questions. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve the park.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, September 15, 2020


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
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Trails are marked with small plastic symbols nailed to trees. Each trail has its own symbol, unique in color and shape. Trail descriptions below state which colored shape matches which trail. As you are hiking, make note of what colored shape you are following. Some trails share routes for some distance, in which case, you may see more than one colored symbol on the trail for a period of time.

Most trail marker symbols have a small number embossed on them. These numbers do not indicate distance. However, they are commonly called "mile markers." If you have an emergency and call for help, please report which number "mile marker," color and shape symbol you are near, so help can locate you quicker.


When trails are closed for construction, poor trail conditions due to weather, or any other reason, they are closed both for visitor safety and for the protection of the trail and natural resources. Trails are expensive to construct, maintain, and repair. Disregarding trail closures results in:

  1. Delaying or prolonging construction or repair;
  2. Damaging the trails, resulting in significant costs and further closure time for additional repair;
  3. Endangering yourself in addition to both state parks and EMS staff who would work to get you out of harm's way if you are lost or hurt.

Thank you for respecting our park's natural resources, facilities, and fellow park visitors.


CCC Heritage Trail
Location: Group camp – 2056 Hanging Rock Park Road

Description:

This interpretive trail begins at the kiosk outside the group camp gate, located at 2056 Hanging Rock Park Road. The trail surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail passes five numbered posts and interpretive signs pointing out significant locations in what was once the middle of the bustling Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 3422. This camp was home to hundreds of CCC enrollees from 1935 to 1942. The men who lived here built the park roads and most of the facilities, which are still in use, including the bathhouse, picnic shelters, lake, and trails.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
0.10 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
none

Cook's Wall Trail
Location: Lake parking lot – 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road

Description:

This trail begins at the trailhead behind the lake bathhouse, located at 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, and it has some uneven steps. The trail offers sweeping views of the south and west with Sauratown and Pilot Mountain viewable in the distance.

A rock formation feature, House Rock, is located 1.4 miles from the parking lot along this trail. House Rock is named for a "house-like" portion of the formation, which is a rock shelter overhang cavity that resembles a "living room."

Other tall rock formations, including Devil's Chimney, are found past the end of the trail. The Cook's Wall section of rock is open for climbing with a permit.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, boulders, stairs

Length:
2.20 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
white diamonds

Hanging Rock Trail
Location: Visitor center parking lot – 1005 Visitor Center Drive

Description:

This trail begins at the top edge of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive. The trail starts out paved and turns to gravel, dirt, and rock, gradually gaining elevation. It takes most average people 1 hour to reach the top. Wood and stone stairs lead to the top of the namesake rock formation, which juts out over the landscape. Hikers can rest on the quartzite and enjoy spectacular views of the park below and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the north.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, paved, stairs

Length:
1.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
orange circles

Indian Creek Trail
Location: Visitor center parking lot – 1005 Visitor Center Drive

Description:

This trail begins at the east end of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive. Made of gravel, dirt, and rock, it meanders down the mountain, along the Indian Creek, through shady rhododendron thickets and open oak forests, and ends at the Dan River. This trail crosses over Hanging Rock Park Road. Near the end, it crosses the creek several times without bridges — beware during high water.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings

Length:
3.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
red squares

Indian Creek Trail – Hike to Hidden Falls
Location: Visitor center parking lot – 1005 Visitor Center Drive

Description:

This gentle, tiered waterfall is a feature on the Indian Creek Trail, located approximately 0.4 miles from the visitor center parking lot.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
0.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
red squares

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 11:00am