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Hanging Rock State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Hanging Rock State Park
Description - 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.

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).

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.

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Filed By: Charles Cifuni (Mt. Holly, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Group hike with NC Sierra Club, made loop of the Chestnut Oak nature trail, Cook's Wall trail, & part of Wolf Rock Loop trail...about 6.5 miles. Trails well blazed, junctions clearly marked with miles to end, trails are narrow at times but this enhances the feeling of being in the wild: a plus. Views from Cook's Wall & Wolf Rock spectacular. Be careful here because the drop is dangerous and it's windy. Trails are moderate to moderately strenuous. Went on a Saturday in mid-December and it was low 30s-high 40s throughout. Met several twos & threes also hiking plus a Boy Scout troop (a bit noisy) until we let them get ahead of us. Lunch/rest at Cook's Wall refreshing. Even though it's not 1,000 feet up, it's colder than in the valley of Winston-Salem so dress in layers.

Filed By: Gerald Belton (Durham, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I rented a cabin for a week and it was wonderful! One correction to the info here, though: The trail to Upper Cascades is NOT handicapped accessible. After 100 yards, the trail branches. The accessible trail goes to the rock garden, the trail to the falls is very rugged and steep near the end. My wife (who uses a wheelchair) enjoyed the rock garden, and the accessible fishing pier. She caught a sunfish that was over a pound! And we saw a family of wild turkeys on the path to the rock garden. Being there during the week was especially nice, not many people in the park on weekdays.

Filed By: Teresa (Rock Hill, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The hike is worth the your time and efforts, it has a great feel to it once you reach the top you will see what I mean. It's a got to do if you ever come to North Carolina.

Filed By: Wendy Dameron (Welcome, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This place was great. We have 4 kids, and they absolutely loved the water falls, especially the lower cascades, which they swam in for an hour. The two down sides were the copperhead they caught on the beach area, and the missing shower curtains in the bathhouse. The campsites were excellent. Very quite and spacious. Hanging Rock is where you want to be, if you really want to relax and enjoy nature.

Filed By: Brian Jones (Charlotte, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hanging Rock is a wonderful park that offers really good hiking to waterfalls and vistas and a beautiful man-made lake with a beach where guests can boat, swim or fish. The 1930's bath house is very picturesque by itself. My wife and I camped there for a weekend and found the facilities to be very nice. We tent-camp and we thought that the set-up of the campsites were the best that we had seen at a public park. It is one of the more visited parks in NC, but the campsites are laid out to give each site the sense of privacy and serenity. However, the park does fill up on weekends during the summer. We attempted to camp there a couple of times only to be turned away due upon arrival due to the park being full.

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Contact Information:
Hanging Rock State Park, P.O. Box 278 , Danbury, NC, 27016, Phone: 336-593-8480, Fax: 336-593-9166
, ncs1220@interpath.com

Additional Information:
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.
The Triad Area - The Triad is located in the northern Piedmont area of the state. Comprising Winston, Salem, Greensboro and the High Point area, it is home to the once thriving tobacco industry. It is also home to the finest furniture makers in America. In addition, the area has an interesting Revolutionary and Civil War history.

Hanging Rock State Park - Official agency Website


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