Planning a day trip to Stokes County in Winston Salem? Well, we have the perfect place for you. Forget the hustle and bustle of city life and escape to the natural beauty of Hanging Rock State Park North Carolina, an expansive natural area that features 48 miles of hiking trails, 15 miles of biking paths, 6 miles of horseback bridle paths, paddling in the bright blue lake water, seasonal swimming opportunities, fishing areas, and picnicking sites that are great for day trips or multi-day adventures.
The park features boat rentals for you to use during the spring and summer seasons so you can feel the breeze on your face and head out on the water. The park also has a concession stand during certain months to get a quick snack on your break from swimming.
Feel free to use the amphitheater to hang out and escape the crowds. You can also hang out in the picnic shelters during a rare rainstorm. We love using the beach access during the hot months to get a tan, listen to the sounds of nature, and take a break from paddling, swimming, or rowing your kayak on the lake.
In the mood to do something active? Well, there is no shortage of fun things to do that are going to give you your fair share of exercise during your trip to Hanging Rock NC! We recommend going on one of the many hiking trails to get amazing views and reach your 10k steps per day. If you would rather do something less strenuous, you can take a horseback riding lesson on the 6-mile stretch of bridle paths or test your luck at fishing and catching something tasty for lunch or dinner.
And last but not least, adrenaline junkies, don’t worry — you can get your share of excitement during a rock climbing lesson on one of the slick slabs that provide incredible views and a great arm workout during your vacay!