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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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  • I hike here often. The park is well run. The staff & facilities are an example for others to follow. The diversity of this park means everyone can experience & enjoy the beauty of nature no matter wha...  more »
  • Well maintained and marked trails (many choices-will have to return!), beautiful views. Lake and swimming area look beautiful.  more »
  • Took a spontaneous solo trip to Hanging Rock to kill a few hours while my daughter had her interview and portfolio presentation for admission into UNCSA. Planned to do just a few of the easy trails bu...  more »
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  • This park offers a "mountain" experience without the longer drive to the mountains. There are multiple relatively short hikes here leading to beautiful vistas and waterfalls. There is also some nice kayaking available on the nearby Dan River.
  • Went on a sunrise hike here! Easy trail(s) and fantastic scenery. Beautiful visitors center. Nice campgrounds - spread apart. Don't miss out on the "Lower Cascades" waterfall!
  • Hanging Rock is one of North Carolina's hidden gems. The views from the overlooks are amazing and on a clear day you can see for miles. If you have the time go for the 5 overlooks challenge (and get a patch at the visitor's center)! Climbing up to Moore's Knob, the highest peak, is a must. Just a short hike from the visitor's center one can see several waterfalls. Of course you can't visit without going up to the Hanging Rock.
  • Had such a great time with my wife visiting Hanging Rock. Loved all the hiking and trekking to see the different waterfalls and we didn't even get to see them all. So will definitely be going back. The most challenging yet fun was trying to get to Window Falls. Also like how close it is from Charlotte. Worth the trip!
  • This is one of the most beautiful parks I've been to. Great trails to hike from beginner to advanced. Awesome views! They have some cabins but we camped and it was great. Sites are very nice and clean.