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1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016

336-593-8480
hanging.rock@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.411906, -80.254120

 

December, January, February: 7am - 7pm
March, April: 7am - 9pm
May, June, July, August, September: 7am - 10pm
October: 7am - 9pm
November: 7am - 8pm

Camping and cabin guests must arrive prior to the closing hour, after which the park gate is closed for the night.

The park is closed Christmas Day.

Swimming
(Summer months only. Hours may vary slightly due to staff availability. Diving platform may be closed due to staffing, please inquire with staff for hours)
Monday: 11am - 5:45pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5:45pm
(Fee charged for all swimmers. Free swim from 5-5:45 pm)

Boat Rentals and Concession Stand
Weekends only in spring and fall (10am - 5:30pm)
Daily during summer months

Park Visitor Center
9am - 4:45pm daily

Campground Washhouses Closed   

We have winterized the washhouses in the family campground to prevent the pipes from freezing.  They will reopen around April 1.  Until then, we have primitive camping only with a pit toilet and a frost-free water faucet availalbe in the campground lower loop.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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