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Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • Unless distance is measured straight down, the lower falls are much further than 500 ft. There are wooden stairs and steps carved into or made from rocks. The view is well worth the sore thighs. The g...  read more »
  • Enjoyed a nice hike to hanging rock while visiting daughter in NC. Trail is clearly marked and well traveled. Views are spectacular. I would suggest bringing water but there was a farmers market in th...  read more »
  • We visited Hanging Rock State Park on a recent trip to North Carolina. The park does not charge admission, It was a very hot day, into the 90s. We hiked a couple of easy trails. It was nice to see the...  read more »
  • I consider this park being the closest "mountain" in the area to visit from the Piedmont Triad and those that live east of Greensboro. Main entrance is not easily accessible from the main highways but that in itself is okay for me because it can keep the park from getting overly crowded. Even though I would love for everyone to visit, crowds that tend to not follow rules can hurt the environment and or wildlife. Enjoy life and everything surrounding it.
  • 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!
  • Really great place and amazing view! Nice facilities and large parking lot. Bathrooms and water fountains can be found.
  • Gorgeous park, trails and waterfalls. Gets pretty busy on warm weekends (they have numerous picnic areas with barbecue grills and facilities), and the trails to the falls can be quite challenging due to the steep terrain, but well worth the effort to view the peaceful waterfalls and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Funniest thing I ever heard a kid say to a parent: One the way down from the Hanging Rock peak, "I can't wait for this to be over so I never have to do it again!" Teenage smarts aside, Hanging Rock Park provides a vast array of outdoor activities depending on the season and your individual interests. Warm months, there is a lake, waterfall, and hiking to amazing views, which are not uphill both ways. Colder months, there is car camping with firepits, grilling, and hiking to amazing views, which are not uphill both ways. Camping spots can be reserved online in advance and the park does an excellent job of enforcing the reservation. Note, when the main gate closes, it really closes. If you are arriving at closing time you need to be prepared to prove you already have a site reserved since without you are not allowed to overnight in the park. If hiking out of the park you register at the main center but I have not done this so please confirm process is still the same. There are functional and primitive bath houses for people, plus sinks for pots and pans in the camp site area. Firewood can be bought on premise but when very cold, expect shortages or provide your own. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in the park. I have observed that if it is discreetly consumed and individuals display respectful and proper behavior then it does not present a problem. There are multiple trash and separated (by material type) recycling locations that are not accessible by animals. Food in the campsite is a different matter, I have seen both pre and post visits by wildlife to campsite for meals so please lock up your food and clean up your trash before going to sleep. Pets are allowed and welcomed as long as they are as well behaved as your child should be. Wildlife around the campsite is mostly deer and smaller, but one time a bear was in a site and had to be scared off. It was a particularly cold week and I believe the bear was just trying to get a last meal in before wintering elsewhere. Remote car alarm to the rescue! Fishing, hiking, climbing, swimming, and all sort of other ways to get out there abound less than an hour from multiple cities in the Triad region on NC.
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