Created back in the 1930s as a Civilian Conservation Corps project, Hanging Rock State Park offers a quintessential outdoor experience for campers and their furry friends. Located 30 miles north of Winston-Salem, this 7,869-acre park combines truly spectacular terrain with a host of opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
With towering cliffs, breathtaking views, and pretty waterfalls, Hanging Rock State Park offers a diverse range of natural scenery. The best way to see it all is on foot, by exploring the 20 miles of hiking trails that wind their way through the wooded landscape. Rock climbing is also available in the park by permit, with the 400-foot challenge of Cook's Wall and Moore's Wall particular favorites.
If water sports are more your cup of tea, the park features a 12-acre lake, formed by the damming of Cascade Creek. Surrounded by hardwood forest, the lake is not only beautiful to look at but also hugely popular with swimmers and paddlers. Boat rental is available within the park on weekends in spring and fall, and daily during the summer months.
The 73-site campground in Hanging Rock State Park has sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. Each campsite has a picnic table, grill, and tent pad that can accommodate up to six people and two tents. Flushing toilets and hot showers are provided to help make your stay more comfortable. However, please note that the bathhouses are closed from December 1 to March 15 -- only a pit toilet is available during this time.
While there's also a selection of camping cabins available, pets are not welcome in the cabins or the cabin area. Finally, although you won't have to pay an entrance fee to enjoy the park, camping fees do apply.
No matter whether you're planning an action-packed adventure or a relaxing getaway, Hanging Rock State Park has something for everyone. Best of all, you can explore it all with your canine companion by your side.