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Wolf Rock at Hanging Rock State Park
Current status of park facilities   

OPEN: all trails, restrooms, campground, cabins, pier. 

CLOSED: swimming, boat rentals, visitor center, refreshment stand. 

Flush restrooms are open at the lake bathhouse and on the Indian Creek trail near shelter 3. Restrooms are closed periodically throughout the day to be cleaned. Please be patient and wait for park staff to finish before entering.

Please be aware: Expect large crowds on weekends, especially at the waterfalls and Hanging Rock. Parking at the Lower Cascades access fills up mid-morning and stays full the entire afternoon. Do not park in undesignated areas. Towing will be enforced.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Hikers Bring Drinking Water!   

With the summer months upon us, it is vitally important that our visitors bring enough drinking water to sustain them during their hike.  Water fountains at the day-use areas are currently turned off.  Please plan accordingly!

 Last updated on: Friday, July 17, 2020

Swimming Area Closed Summer 2020   

The lake swimming area, beach and boating area will not open for the summer.  Fishing is available from the pier or the foot trail around the lake.

 Last updated on: Friday, June 19, 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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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the visitor center is closed until further notice.
     

  • 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 – Major Tom Trail
Location: Mountain bike trails parking lot – 2568 Moores Spring Road

Description:

Park at the mountain bike trails parking lot, located at 2568 Moores Spring Road. The trail begins near trail marker number 13 of the Original Loop Trail, parallels a farm field, then ends near marker number 10 of the Original Loop. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. It is a fast, rocky trail across steep hillsides.

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


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
orange hexagons

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

Description:

The trail begins at the mountain bike trails parking lot at 2568 Moores Spring Road. The trail surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail is winding with flowing sections and good berms, and it is a good loop through rolling forested hills.

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


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
3.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
blue hexagons

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

Description:

Park at the mountain bike trails parking lot, located at 2568 Moores Spring Road. The trail begins near mile marker 17 of the Major Tom Trail and ends behind the farmhouse. It should be ridden downhill only. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The trail is for advanced-skilled riders only, and it should not be taken by beginners. It is a steep, downhill trail with fast berms and big doubles, and it is a fun run on a mountain terrain that is sure to challenge.

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


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
0.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
advanced biking
Blaze:
black diamonds

Mountain Bike Trails – Ring-Necked Trail
Location: Mountain bike trails parking lot – 2568 Moores Spring Road

Description:

The 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's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. Follow Kingsnake Trail for 300 feet, then the trail begins on the left. The trail parallels Cascade Creek then goes past bluffs of the Dan River, before leading uphill through forested hills.

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


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
3.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
intermediate biking
Blaze:
white triangles

Mountains-to-Sea State Trail
Location: Sauratown Trail Section 1 at Mickey Road

Description:

The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail segment at Hanging Rock State Park is not a singular trail but follows along several already existing park trails. The MST begins at the park property boundary near Mickey Road at Sauratown Trail Section 1. Follow STA Section 1 to Tory's Den Trail. Then continue hiking to the end of Tory's Den Trail. Turn left on Moore's Wall Loop Trail. Follow this trail past the observation tower to the lake bathhouse. Then follow the white circles on the trees behind the boathouse and across the earthen dam to connect to the visitor center parking lot. Follow the white circles across the length of the visitor center parking lot to the Indian Creek trailhead. Continue down Indian Creek Trail until it intersects with Hanging Rock Park Road. This is the end of the MST inside Hanging Rock State Park. In the future, the park plans to extend the MST across the top of the mountain "three sisters" into the town of Danbury.


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

Length:
7.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
white circles
Mountains-to-Sea State Trail


Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 11:00am