Hanging Rock State Park

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC - 27016

Type: Parks
(336) 593-8480

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Hanging Rock State Park, located in the Sauratown Mountains of North Carolina, is a scenic outdoor destination known for its stunning vistas, rugged terrain, and diverse recreational opportunities. Established in 1936, the park encompasses over 7,000 acres of pristine wilderness, offering visitors a chance to explore forests, waterfalls, and rocky peaks.

The park's namesake, Hanging Rock, is a prominent quartzite monadnock that rises 2,579 feet above sea level and provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can hike to the summit of Hanging Rock via a moderately strenuous trail, which rewards them with breathtaking vistas of the Piedmont region and beyond. Other notable peaks within the park include Moore's Knob and Cook's Wall, each offering its unique perspectives and challenges for hikers and climbers.

In addition to hiking, Hanging Rock State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. The park features several picturesque waterfalls, including the 50-foot-tall Lower Cascades and the Hidden Falls, accessible via scenic trails that wind through lush forests and rocky terrain. The park's five-acre lake provides opportunities for fishing, swimming, and non-motorized boating, with canoe and kayak rentals available seasonally.

For those seeking overnight accommodations, Hanging Rock State Park offers a campground with tent and RV sites, as well as rustic cabins and group camping areas. The park also features picnic areas with shelters and grills, making it an ideal spot for family gatherings, picnics, and outdoor cookouts.

Hanging Rock State Park is open year-round, with varying hours and seasonal activities. The park hosts a variety of interpretive programs, guided hikes, and special events throughout the year, providing opportunities for visitors to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. With its stunning natural beauty, extensive trail network, and abundance of recreational opportunities, Hanging Rock State Park offers a memorable outdoor experience for nature lovers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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