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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. Plan your visit to Hanging Rock State Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Danbury trip maker website.
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  • Park was ok. Beautiful views of what I understand to be the Blue Ridge Mnts in the distance. Did a short hike to a waterfall about 1/2 mile from the visitor center and another hike to Tory Den... 
    Park was ok. Beautiful views of what I understand to be the Blue Ridge Mnts in the distance. Did a short hike to a waterfall about 1/2 mile from the visitor center and another hike to Tory Den...  more »
  • Had a great time hiking the easier trails with two kids 8 and 6. Didn’t attempt the hanging rock trail, which is probably too much for little kids with the length, stairs, and small boulder... 
    Had a great time hiking the easier trails with two kids 8 and 6. Didn’t attempt the hanging rock trail, which is probably too much for little kids with the length, stairs, and small boulder...  more »
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  • Hanging Rock State Park is so beautiful. We were at the day use area, fishing near the dam. We really appreciated how many picnic tables and benches were available. There is a small pier/ dock available to fish from. The views were stunning. Very clean. Lovely bathrooms. Oh my, the view from the back of the bathhouse/ visitors center was absolutely breath taking! Don't skip walking around to see! The walk to the bathhouse was pleasant; very nice pathways. It was so easy to just stop, listen, look, just breathe. Such a beautiful place. Such a blessing to visit.
  • One of our favorite regular hikes, if you haven't, you should!

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