Located in Stokes County 30 miles north of Winston-Salem, Hanging Rock State Park started as a Civilian Conservation Corps project and has become a park that offers every part of a traditional outdoor experience. Trails lead to picturesque mountain views, rock outcrops, waterfalls, and even a mountain cave. Some are open to horseback riding and mountain biking, and a portion is part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. Campgrounds, a swim lake, and access to paddling on the Dan River complete the gamut of recreational opportunities.
The park's main gate at Hanging Rock Park Road observes the listed opening and closing hours:
|January||7 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
|February||7 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
|March||7 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|April||7 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|May||7 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|June||7 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|July||7 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|August||7 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|September||7 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|October||7 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|November||7 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|December||7 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
Campers and cabin guests must arrive prior to the closing hour, after which the park gate is closed for the night.
All other accesses, including Lower Cascades, Tory's Den, Dan River access, climbing access, and mountain bike trails, observe the gate hours listed. Please plan accordingly.
|January||7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|February||7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|March||7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|April||7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|May||7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.|
|June||7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.|
|July||7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.|
|August||7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.|
|September||7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.|
|October||7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|November||7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.|
|December||7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
Swimming at the lake is available during summer months only. Hours may vary due to staff availability. The diving platform may be closed due to staffing; please inquire with park staff for hours.
The swimming area is open on Mondays 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Thursdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
A fee is charged for all swimmers. Free swim is available from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Open weekends only in the spring and fall, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open daily during summer months, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Top: Hanging Rock, C. Peek
Gallery: Upper Cascades Falls, staff photo | Fall colors at the park, E. Farr | Park lake in autumn, C. Peek | Sunset over the Sauratown Mountains, L. Li | Hidden Falls, D. Cook