Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury

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Mountain Park Must See
Hanging Rock State Park is a 7,869acre North Carolina state park in Stokes County, North Carolina in the United States. The park is 30mi north of Winston-Salem and is located approximately 2mi from Danbury in Stokes County.HistoryOn April 20, 1936, the Winston-Salem Foundation and the Stokes County Committee for Hanging Rock donated to North Carolina for establishing a state park. Prior to this, the land had been owned by developers intent on creating a mountain resort on its highest summit. The plans fell through when the developers went bankrupt during the initial construction. After the state acquired the property, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the original facilities between 1935 and 1942, including the construction of a 12acre lake and bathhouse that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Additional land acquisitions in the 1970s added to the park the Lower Cascades, a spectacular 40ft waterfall, and the Tory's Den, a rock outcropping rumored to have served as a hideout for British Loyalists during the American Revolutionary War. Another large land purchase in 2000 added Flat Shoals Mountain, a smaller summit visible from the top of Hanging Rock, to the park as well.
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  • Beautiful views but some serious hiking to get to them. The “moderate” classification would be “very strenuous” in other states. So be prepared for steep inclines up rocky and uneven surfaces. It’s...  more »
  • Went for a cabin stay and to hike around the park. Enjoyed ourselves. Trails were awesome. So many to pick from with different skills levels. Enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature. Very nice...  more »
  • We went there in the summer for the falls. This time visited the falling rock trail. It is safe to get there just be cautious when you are at the edge of the cliff. As long as kids follow...  more »
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  • A very well maintained state park Trails are well marked. Staff are friendly and attentive. The hike is a moderate and rewarding one. The view is breath taking. Not so crowded when we came after the rain. Lots of short and enjoyable waterfalls trail too. Picnic spots and shelter. They have water fountains for you and your fur friend. Nice size lake to swim and and campground. Highly recommend to bring your family for a whole day of adventures and reconnecting with nature.
  • Excellent camping ground with usual facilities. I was out there with my family including a 4yrs and we were camping out for the first time. It was a great experience at the end and will surely be back again soon. The place was clean and spacious enough to accommodate 2 small families or a big one. The tenting place was also clean and adequate, property organized. Highly recommended.
  • I love it here, although not sure why they put down large loose gravel on the trails.. made it a bit slippery on our hike. But none the less it's still beautiful. Well kept, picnic areas, dogs allowed. Definitely recommend hiking to the falls
  • The climb to this spot from the parking lot of the park is not for the faint of heart. But the view is priceless. If you plan on going, wear a good pair or climbing shoes or sneakers with a hard sole. The walk along the path is steep at times, but there are benches along the way. The final climb is a little hard, be careful where you step. There are many rocks with sharp edges along the final climb.
  • Beautiful water fall and the view. They do have a small lake side beach where you can swim and do little extra. Don’t forget to bring comfortable clothes if you wanna hike here. It is worthwhile kayaking at the lake. Just make sure you carry your gears for kayaking- renting a kayak is I think $10 bucks.

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