The Hanging Rock area is comprised of 469 acres and is located ½ mile south of Redfield along the Raccoon River. Featuring a massive outcrop of sandstone, Hanging Rock has been used as a major landmark for years. The area just downstream was a ford used by wagon trains heading west during the mid-1800s. The confluence of the South and Middle Raccoon rivers is less than a mile downstream.
The south half of the park is open to hunting and contains a 10 acre wetland. You will also find prairie and savanna areas along the Middle Raccoon River.
The north half of the park is a refuge and is developed as a park with a picnic shelter, astronomical rock clock and a spur of the Raccoon River Valley Trail.
Those with canoes or kayaks can float through the park on the Middle Raccoon River Water Trail, and get up close and personal with Hanging Rock. The closest upstream access is the boat ramp at the Redfield Dam. The river below Redfield has an abundance of boulders, and combined with upland and timber areas, provides a scenic and leisurely trip.
Fishing, particularly for channel catfish, is a favorite activity along the lower stretch. Walleye and flathead catfish are also found in this area. Anglers would be well-advised to try a variety of lures and tackle. As in most rivers, areas of snags and larger "holes" are the best.
An open shelter at Hanging Rock may be reserved by calling the Dallas County Conservation Board office. There are modern restrooms available. Camping is not allowed.
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- May 1 - October 31 Entry gate, shelter and restrooms are open from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- November 1 - April 30 Entry gate open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. as conditions allow. The restrooms will be closed. Shelters may be used, but no reservations will be accepted.
916 Redfield St.
Hanging Rock is located at the southwest corner of Redfield. The junction of 1st. St. and Thomas St. is a four-way stop intersection. Go west on Thomas St. for two city blocks to 3rd St. Turn south (left) on 3rd. St. and proceed to the entrance of the park.