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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.


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

Description:

This waterfall, seen emerging from behind a natural window in the quartzite wall of rock, is a feature on the Indian Creek Trail. It is 0.6 miles from the visitor center parking lot. Hikers can get a safe view of the "window" from a railed overlook.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

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

Lake Trail
Location: Lake parking lot – 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road

Description:

The path begins at the trailhead behind the lake bathhouse, located at 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road. The path surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. If walking the path clockwise, the trail crosses a long boardwalk and then follows closely along the edge of the lake. There are several benches and nice spots for fishing along the path. Near the dam, the path turns to the left and emerges at the paved Campground Road. Turn right and walk across the paved roadway bridge. Then turn right again to re-enter the path on the opposite side of the bridge. The path then goes uphill and back to the edge of the lake. Several more benches are situated in the open section along the earthen dam. The path then leads to the fishing pier. From there, it is paved in asphalt and winds gently uphill, past some wheelchair-accessible picnic table sites. The path then forks to the right, passing behind the boathouse to complete the loop.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, paved, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white hexagons

Lower Cascades Trail
Location: Lower Cascades trailhead and parking lot – 2143 Hall Road

Description:

This trail begins at the trailhead and parking lot located at 2143 Hall Road. The trail is made up of gravel, dirt, and rock. Hike a short distance through the forest on level ground to the edge of the gorge, before descending steep wooden and stone stairs to the base of the waterfall. Cascade Creek, which originates at the park lake, emerges from atop the naturally carved stone wall, noisily falling 35 feet into a large pool.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, stairs

Length:
0.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
none

Magnolia Springs Trail
Location: Access via Moore's Wall Loop Trail. Parking at lake parking lot – 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road.

Description:

The trailhead begins 0.9 miles from the lake parking lot, on the Moore's Wall Loop Trail. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, and it has some steps and a boardwalk. This trail is a connector, joining Moore's Wall Loop Trail to Cook's Wall Trail. It passes some of the many natural mountain springs found in the park.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, boardwalk/bridge, stairs

Length:
0.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
blue squares

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

Description:

This trail begins at the trailhead directly behind the stone bathhouse next to the lake parking lot at 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road. If hiking this trail clockwise, the trail climbs elevation slowly, ultimately leading to the highest point in the Sauratown Mountains: the Observation Tower, at 2,497 feet above sea level. Enjoy awe-inspiring 360-degree views from atop this former fire tower. After passing "Balanced Rock," continue down the 684 stone steps of the "endless staircase." The trail crosses a small creek and passes behind the campground amphitheater. The trail then emerges onto a paved road surface. Follow the red dots on the pavement to campsite 40, where the trail goes back into the woods, then meanders along the back of the lake, and returns to the lake parking lot.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, paved, water crossings, stairs

Length:
4.70 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
red circles

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 11:00am