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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.


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

Description:

The trail begins at the interim 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.


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



North Side Trail
Location: The parking lot next to “The Farmhouse” located at 2617 Moore’s Springs Road.

Description:

Surface:

Length:
2.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
red triangle

Riverbluffs Trail
Location: Dan River access parking lot – 1258 Flinchum Road

Description:

This trail begins at the Dan River access parking lot, located at 1258 Flinchum Road. The trail's surface is dirt and sand. It is a mostly level loop trail that follows alongside the Dan River, past the "matrimony point" rock formation and the "play waves," before passing an old homesite. Keen hikers can spot old tobacco rows being erased by a tulip poplar forest.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
1.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red hexagons

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 hike
Blaze:
none