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1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016

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

 

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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.


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