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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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  • My boyfriend and I went camping here in November 2022, right when the tropical storm was hitting. While we did get rained on, it was only on the day we got there. The next day, we had a very nice... 
    My boyfriend and I went camping here in November 2022, right when the tropical storm was hitting. While we did get rained on, it was only on the day we got there. The next day, we had a very nice...  more »
  • The waterfalls were nice and the view from Hanging Rock was spectacular. The trail map says the Hanging Rock trail is "moderate". I would say it is 2/3 of it is moderate and the last 1/3 is... 
    The waterfalls were nice and the view from Hanging Rock was spectacular. The trail map says the Hanging Rock trail is "moderate". I would say it is 2/3 of it is moderate and the last 1/3 is...  more »
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  • I lived on this area for over 20 years and never took a hike. I've fished, swam, and took a boat out on the lake but ever took a hike. At my age, I was determined to make it to the hanging rock. My son and I hiked the trail and while it was a little strenuous and challenging at times, I was not disappointed!!!!! The view at the end is spectacular and well worth the trip. I should have done this 30 years ago. What a beautiful place in my own backyard. This is a national treasure and place to be cherished. The park team has done an amazing job on this park and it shows. Can't wait to take on the Moore's Wall trail.
  • Wonderful NC state park! There are several trails that are short around the visitor’s center but we found out later they were marked strenuous, and they were. High Cascade falls is easier but it was a little rainy on the day we visited. There are plenty of picnic tables to enjoy a lunch or snack. The park is definitely “kid friendly.” My oldest daughter got her Junior Ranger badge and had fun doing so. It is definitely worth a visit!

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