What to do in Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park has been called the "mountains away from the mountains" offering sparkling mountain streams and waterfalls cascading over rugged terrain. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played a major role in the early development of this park. Back in the early 1930's they built road, a 12 acre lake, trails and a stone bathhouse.

Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March, October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Office hours: 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation
Rock climbing became a popular sport at Hanging Rock in the 50's. Cook's Wall and Moore's Wall, a series of cliffs ranging to 400 feet in height and extending almost two miles provide excellent opportunities for experienced climbers. All other areas of the park are closed to climbing and rappelling.

Encounter more than 300 species of mountain plants along miles of nature and hiking trails. The observation tower atop Moore's Knob offers rewarding panoramic views. This lovely park has family and group camping, cabins, swimming and boating opportunities, picnicking, educational programs and exhibits.

This is an excellent park for those who are physically challenged. Many amenities accommodate such an individual. The visitor center is fully accessible and includes information lobby, auditorium, classroom, museum, viewing decks and restrooms. Other facilities include a campground, fishing pier, cabin, washhouse, swim area bathhouse/toilets and an accessible .3 mile trail to Upper Cascades.

A park ranger is on duty June through August to conduct nature hikes and present illustrated slide programs in the visitor center and camping area. Weekly scheduled programs are posted each Monday during the summer months. A 13-minute automated program is available upon request at the visitor center introducing visitors to the park. Special presentations are available by contacting the park office.

Interactive exhibits in the visitor center interpret the park's natural and cultural history. Topics include geology, ecological change, Civilian Conservation Corp, stream life, rocky cliffs and the life of a dead tree.
Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)–Rock Around the Clock. Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Introduces students to basic geologic concepts, and applies them to the Sauratown Mountain range. Major concepts covered include: the rock cycle, rock identification, weathering and erosion, geologic time, and geologic processes.

Location
Hanging Rock State Park is located in Stokes County, 4 miles northwest of Danbury. The park entrance is on Moore's Spring Road (SR 1001), which lies between NC 8/89 east of the park and NC 66 west of the park.

Climate
North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Address
P.O. Box 278
Danbury, NC 27016

Phone: 336-593-8480

Fax: 336-593-9166

Email: ncs1220@interpath.com
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