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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.


Mountain Bike Trails – Black Racer Trail
Location: Mountain bike trails parking lot – 2568 Moores Spring Road

Description:

Park at the mountain bike trails parking lot at 2568 Moores Spring Road. Walk your bike across the crosswalk; use caution when crossing Moores Spring Road. This trail is a short loop beginning and ending near trail marker number 33 of the Hognose Trail. The trail surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail follows a ridge through what was once an old campground. This gentle, winding trail is good for newer riders.

Mountain bike trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers. Hikers must yield to mountain bikers.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
0.90 miles
loop
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
green triangles

Mountain Bike Trails – Copperhead Connector Trail
Location: Farmhouse parking lot – 2700 Moores Spring Road

Description:

This trail is not recommended for beginners. The trail starts at the beginning of the farmhouse parking lot driveway at 2700 Moores Spring Road. From the driveway, the trail winds under the NC Department of Transportation bridge on Moores Spring Road. The trail immediately crosses Cascade Creek. There is no bridge; riders must cross through the creek. The trail then goes uphill and splits at a Y. To the right, the trail leads to Black Racer Trail; to the left, the trail leads to Kingsnake Trail. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock.

Mountain bike trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers. Hikers must yield to mountain bikers.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings

Length:
1.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
yellow triangles

Mountain Bike Trails – Hognose Trail
Location: Mountain bike trails parking lot – 2568 Moores Spring Road

Description:

Park at the mountain bike trails parking lot at 2568 Moores Spring Road. Walk your bike across the crosswalk; use caution when crossing Moores Spring Road. This trail is a short loop beginning and ending near trail marker number 106 of the Kingsnake Trail. The trail surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail leads through a mature open forest. This gentle, winding trail is good for newer riders.

Mountain bike trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers. Hikers must yield to mountain bikers.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
blue triangles

Mountain Bike Trails – Kingsnake Trail
Location: Mountain bike trails parking lot – 2568 Moores Spring Road

Description:

Trail begins at the mountain bike trails parking lot at 2568 Moores Spring Road. Walk your bike across the crosswalk; use caution when crossing Moores Spring Road. The trail surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail crosses the metal grate pedestrian bridge and winds past the historic Moore's Spring House, where mineral water was bottled and shipped worldwide in the early 1900s. The trail turns uphill to the right past the springhouse. Halfway up the hill, the trail turns left. Ride under stately beech trees in a large loop high above the Dan River.

Mountain bike trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers. Hikers must yield to mountain bikers.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
1.80 miles
one way
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
red triangles

Mountain Bike Trails – Land of the Lost Trail
Location: Mountain bike trails parking lot – 2568 Moores Spring Road

Description:

Park at the mountain bike trails parking lot at 2568 Moores Spring Road. This trail begins near marker number 14 of the Original Loop Trail and ends near trail marker number 4 of the Major Tom Trail. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail features some lovely flowing cycling, with a couple of rocky creek crossings. It is a pleasant back-end trail with some great, speedy descents.

Mountain bike trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers. Hikers must yield to mountain bikers.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings

Length:
1.70 miles
one way
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
white hexagons

Upcoming Events:

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