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Hanging Rock and the surrounding view from the peak
NO SWIMMING ALLOWED   

The lake is currently closed for swimming and boating.  The Lake is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  This year lake operational hours may be affected by the number of staff that we are able to secure.  Check back for updates.

 Last updated on: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Visitor center closed   

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. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve the park.

 Last updated on: Monday, November 9, 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.


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 the forest to massive ancient boulders, a must-see for all visitors.


Surface: paved

Length:
0.10 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
Blaze:
blue circles