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Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury

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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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  • We decided to take the family to Hanging Rock and had a wonderful time there. It does not cost much to go swimming there and it was very cheap for an hour boat rental. They have a very nice swimming a...  more »
  • Long steep hike to top of hanging rock so carry some water. Breath taking view once you get on the top. Great hiking.  more »
  • This trip was awesome. We hiked to the top of hanging rock this time. We have been one other time and hiked to a couple of the waterfalls. We braved the hanging rock hike with a 5 year old. He had a b...  more »
  • The views are great, the parking area is huge and there are many trails. What I don't like is that the trail maps and Rangers don't mention elevation gains of the trails. I've been on 4 trails here. The 1.3 mile trail to the top is about 800 foot elevation gain, but they don't mention that. The view is worth the effort but some might rate the trail as strenuous rather than moderate. Just went to Hidden falls and Window falls on Indian trail that starts from the visitor center. Again they failed to mention that there are many high steps down, about 300-400 foot elevation change in half mile distance. I rate it as strenuous for the average person. The picnic areas are nice. The lake area has a new large shelter and trails to the lake that are wheelchair accessible. There's a large historic bath house that is open in the summer and a boat launch and rental area. There's a nice campground and cabins. This is a great place to visit multiple times.
  • Hanging Rock State Park has more than 18 miles of scenic hiking trails throughout the park. And being less than an hour from the Triad and about 2.5 hours from the Triangle, it's a great location for mountain hiking without a long drive. The most popular trail is the Hanging Rock Trail, a 1.3-mile route up to the park's namesake peak. From Hanging Rock, there are spectacular 360° views all around. Especially on a fall weekend, expect a crowd of hikers, families, sunbathers, and photographers. For a less crowded hike, consider the hike up to Moore's Wall. The total loop is about 4 miles and leads to a lookout tower with more great views. You can see Sauratown Mountain and Pilot Mountain in the distance. A third option is the Wolf Rock-Cook's Wall trail that runs along a ridge at the southern end of the park, with connections to Hanging Rock and Moore's Trails. Wolf Rock, House Rock, and Cook's Wall all provide nice views to the south. Or, if you're feeling brave, combine them and see all the sights in Hanging Rock in one long hike and earn a patch from visitor center! There are also a couple of shorter trails that lead to the park's five named waterfalls. All of thee waterfalls are an easy hike (less than a mile) from a parking area. Three can be accessed from the main parking area by the visitor center. The Indian Creek Trail at the north end of the parking lot leads to Hidden Falls and Window Falls, both on Indian Creek. Both of these waterfalls are small, but worth a short hike to see, especially Window Falls. More impressive than the falls is the "window" in the rock next to the falls. Near the visitor center is a very short trail to Upper Cascades Falls on Cascade Creek. The other two falls require a short drive. Leaving the park, turn left on Moore's Spring Road and the first left on Hall Road. There will be a parking lot in about a mile with a short trail to Lower Cascades Falls, my personal favorite in the park. There is a big stone bluff to the left on the falls that really creates a beautiful setting for the falls. At one time, it was difficult to see the waterfall, but the park built stairs leading down to the base. On a warm day, a dip in the chilly falls basin water is a good way to cool off. To reach the last waterfall, continue on Hall Road until the end, then turn left on Mickey Road and left again on Charlie Young Road to the parking lot for Tory's Den. Although Tory's Den Falls is the highest waterfall in the park, it is difficult to see the whole thing, and unless it has rained recently, the falls are more of a trickle.
  • Beautiful place for any outdoor activity! There are plenty of trails for hiking/running. A lake for swimming/canoeing. Campgrounds for ...camping. The views are worth the hike to the top (this picture is from Moore's Knob). As always, be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and let people know where you're going if you're hiking alone.
  • This is our fourth stay in the cabins here and we are already planning the next visit. We love the variety of hiking trails (short and easy to longer and more challenging), swimming and taking a boat out on the lake, and fishing. It is an incredibly affordable vacation in a beautiful setting!
  • If you are out of shape, stay away. If you're looking for a great workout, hike these trails. They are not for the faint at heart. I'd really suggest leaving the kiddos at home if you're only going to hike trails, especially if your child is accident prone. Several adults have lost their lives here over the last year. I was really scared to see children running. But again, if you're looking for a great workout, you will get one. We saw two waterfalls. Didn't experience the entire park, but there were others having picnics and other activities.