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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

Upper Campground Washhouse Closed   

Due to the onset of below freezing nightly temperatures, we have had to close the upper campground washhouse (central to sites 1-40) in the family campground.  The lower washhouse (central to sites 43-73) will remain open until Monday, December 2, when it too will close for the season.  A frost-free water faucet will remain turned on near the lower washhouse throughout the winter months.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, November 19, 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.


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

Description:

This trail begins at the west end of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive, at the wooden handrail. The trail is asphalt and is wheelchair accessible. It immediately crosses Hanging Rock Park Road. This level trail leads through to forest to massive ancient boulders, a must-see for all visitors.


Surface: paved

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

Ruben Mountain Trail
Location: Access via Tory's Den Trail. Parking at Tory's Den parking lot – 1185 Charlie Young Road.

Description:

Park at Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. Hikers must go 1 mile up Tory's Den Trail to get to the trailhead for this 2.9-mile trail. Hiking this entire trail from the parking lot and back is approximately 5.5 miles. The trail is open to horses and hikers. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The wide trail winds around Ruben Mountain, a lesser-known member of the Sauratown Mountain Range, through boulder fields, and past a lofty view of Brown Mountain out in the distance.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
2.90 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
orange triangles

Tory's Den Cave and Waterfall Trail
Location: Tory's Den parking lot – 1185 Charlie Young Road

Description:

This trail begins at the trailhead at the east end of Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, with some wooden steps. A display at the parking lot describes the fascinating Revolutionary War-era history of the cave. The trail leads to the tallest waterfall in the park, Tory's Falls. Water drops 240 feet over a series of gentle rock terraces. The waterfall can be safely viewed from the trail terminus, but hikers are not able to immerse in the falls due to steep terrain. The trail then continues on to the 20-foot-deep, cool, natural cave.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, stairs

Length:
0.20 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
none

Tory's Den Trail
Location: Tory's Den parking lot – 1185 Charlie Young Road

Description:

This trail begins at the trailhead at the west end of Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The first half of the trail is open to both hikers and horseback riders. The trail goes downhill from the corner of the parking lot, along the powerline, and then crosses Charlie Young Road. It then meanders through forests and near a small stream, before climbing gradually up the mountain. A sign marks the end of the section that can be used by horses. Hikers can continue up to Huckleberry Ridge and its weathered rock formations. Tory's Den Trail ends at its intersection with Moore's Wall Loop Trail.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
2.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
blue circles

Upper Cascades Trail
Location: Visitor center parking lot – 1005 Visitor Center Drive

Description:

This trail begins at the west end of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive, at the wooden handrail. The trail immediately crosses Hanging Rock Park Road. The trail starts out asphalt and turns to gravel after passing the intersection with Rock Garden Trail. A wide, gently sloping trail leads downhill to a wooden observation deck with seating for safe views of the tall, burbling falls. A set of wooden stairs takes adventurous hikers and dogs to a shallow catch pool at the base of the waterfall.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, paved

Length:
0.20 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
none