Since its creation as a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps project, Hanging Rock State Park offers a wonderful outdoor experience with a 73-site campground, several picnic areas, large stocked lake for swimming and canoe rentals and over 20 miles of hiking trails that offer spectacular views, small freshwater streams and trickling waterfalls. There is also access to the Dan River for kayaking, over 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and even some rock climbing locations accessible with a permit. If you are looking for a longer visit they also offer cabin rentals for extended stays. Free interpretive programs complement the park museum that showcases the natural and cultural history of the Sauratown Mountains.
The most popular trail in the entire park begins at the ranger station and heads just a few short miles up to the Hanging Rock Overlook. This moderately strenuous trail has plenty of steps and small rocks to climb over to make sure that you get the workout you're desiring. Once you reach the overlook you will be greeted with a view of the entire Hanging Rock park and a 360 degree view of northwest North Carolina.