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Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park is a part of North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. It is located in Stokes county, 4 miles north west of Danbury, North Carolina. It is around 2 hours drive fromĀ Charlotte, NC.

The park is open from 8am – 9pm in Summer (Jun-Aug) and 8am – 6pm in winter (Nov-Feb) and 8am – 8pm for rest of the year.

  • The visitor’s centre features many exhibits and you can grab maps of trails and other interesting brochures.
  • There are lot of trails which provide spectacular views of cascades and waterfalls.
  • There are cliffs for rock climbing for the experienced climbers.
  • Family Camping (73 camp sites) and Group Camping (9 sites) have picnic tables, grills and tent pads.
  • Vacation Cabins are available for rent and require advance reservations. Each cabin included 2 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen.
  • There are 2 picnic areas in the park with 15 grills each and 60 picnic sites in total. The first picnic area is near the trail heads for Hanging Rock, Window Falls, Indian Creek and Upper Cascades Trail. The second one is on a shaded hillside near the lake.
  • The 12 acre lake is the centre of attraction for swimmers, boaters and fishermen. There is a stone and timber bath house which includes restrooms, dressing rooms, snack bar and a lounge area.
  • Visit www.ncparks.gov to learn more about Hanging Rock State Park.

We visited Hanging Rock State Park on the 4th of July, 2009. We had a wonderful time at Hanging Rock State Park. We started our visit with the trails to Hidden Falls (easy trail 0.4 miles) and Window Falls (moderate trail 0.6 miles). After a picnic lunch, we went to the lake for wonderful 2 hours of swimming. Though the weather was hot, surprisingly the water was cold. While returning, we visited Upper Cascades Falls (easy trail 0.2 miles) which is Wheelchair Accessible.

Here are some photos from our Day Trip to Hanging Rock State Park.

Here is the Gallery View of all Photos.

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