Hanging Rock State Park

Escape to the Sauratown Mountains for an amazing outdoor experience a mere thirty minutes north of Winston-Salem!  Whether you seek hiking trails or a new adventure, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, or camping, Hanging Rock State Park is a destination filled with something for every age to enjoy!


Research claims a walk among tall, mature trees will reduce your stress and blood pressure, and be bound to improve your mood. Will you choose to follow the trail marker through open forests along Indian Creek Trail, or travel down Cook’s Wall to visit the rock formations of House Rock and Devil’s Chimney?  If you are taking particular interest in the flora, pay close attention to the colored symbols on each marker to ensure you make it to your intended destination!


Ready to test out your climbing skills?  While the activity is free, all climbers seeking the experience of scaling up the 1,455-foot cliff must submit a climbing and rappelling registration form before following the “white diamond” trail marker, 2.20 miles, to Cook’s Wall.  With a copy of the registration form in your pocket, it is vital to know that individuals are responsible for personal equipment, and climb at their own risk. Climbing without a rope or harness is discouraged. NC State parks do not install fixed anchors on routes, nor approve the creation of new courses.  


On days when the body desires cool water, there are two distinct options available at Hanging Rock State Park.

  • The Lower Cascades: A popular location for visitors and hikers, a short looping trail leads to the highest water fall. Be wary if accompanied by young or older members of the family who have difficulty walking.  The trail ends at a long wooden staircase leading to the base of the waterfall.  Despite the spectacular waterfall and rock formations, there are numerous safe areas for toddlers to splash in, or older children to enjoy sliding down the rocks. (Reminder:  bring extra water containers to stay hydrated.)
  • The Lake: Arriving at the beach house, the cost of admission is $6 for adults (13 and older), and $4 for children (starting at the age of three). The State provides lifeguards to ensure all swimmers are safe. Visitors will appreciate an extensive beachfront with opportunities to sit shaded by tall, mature trees.  Capable swimmers can swim beyond the ropes to enjoy two diving boards, one at each end.

Tip:  Open only during the summer months and pending staff availability.  Hours:  Monday:  11 AM to 5:45 PM, Tuesday-Sunday:  10 AM to 5:45 PM


Next door to the swimming area, canoes and rowboats are available for rent.  Fees are $7 per hour.  HRSP does not allow private boats to enter the park lake.


Extending a stay among the trees and babbling brooks leads to the possibility of reserving, at least 24-hours in advance, one of the 73 campsites available at the state park.  Most sites offer a picnic table and grill, and the amenities of a bathhouse and electricity (through a connection).  Upon booking, ask what your specific campsite offers.   If you desire housing, consider reserving a vacation cabin, available year-round to accommodate up to six people.  Each structure has a living room, dining space, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms.

All summer long, Hanging Rock State Park offers visitors the opportunity to engage in particular activities, from stargazing to cultural performances.  Become a friend through social media, and enjoy the great opportunities available!

For additional information, access the park’s website, hanging.rock@ncparks.gov, to receive details regarding directions, hours, or upcoming special events. 


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