Memories with your family are meant to last a lifetime, and there's not many better places to make lifelong, lasting memories than at Dan Nicholas Park. Tucked away in Salisbury N.C., right off of High Rock Lake is Dan Nicholas Park - a place where families have been going for decades to get their fix of nature, education, and fun! Let us help you plan your visit to Dan Nicholas Park by breaking down all the excitement awaiting you there.


Attractions at Dan Nicholas Park

During your visit to Dan Nicholas Park, there will be tons for you to explore. Start out your day with a train ride departing from Hurley Station, continue with carousel rides, educational time at Rowan Wild and more!


Train at Dan Nicholas


Here's a list of all the things you can look forward to within your day at Dan Nicholas Park:

  • Barnyard
  • Train Rides
  • Carousel Rides
  • Gem Mining
  • Mini Golf
  • Rowan Wild 
  • Splash Pad
  • Paddleboats
  • Playgrounds
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Shelters


Dan Nicholas Park Hours

Although hours are always dependent on weather, season, and availability, here you will find the standard operating hours of each attraction and the park itself. However, always be sure to check Dan Nicholas Park's Facebook page to be sure their hours haven't changed!


Gem Mine


Dan Nicholas Park: Monday - Sunday, 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.

Rowan Wild: M-F, 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. (last entry at 2:30 P.M.); Saturday & Sunday, 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. (last ticket sold at 5:30 P.M.)

Gem Mine: M-F, 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. (last bucket at 2:30 P.M.); Saturday & Sunday, 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. (last bucket at 5:30 P.M.)

Train & Carousel: M-F, 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. (last ticket sold at 2:30 P.M.); Saturday & Sunday, 10 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. (last ride at 5:30 P.M.)

Paddleboats: Saturday & Sunday, 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. (last ride at 5:30 P.M.)

Mini Golf: See Facebook page before visiting

Concessions: M-F, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.; Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 A.M. - 7 P.M.


Camping at Dan Nicholas Park

What's better than spending a day at Dan Nicholas? Staying overnight! Dan Nicholas Park offers campsites and cabins. The six, on-site cabins feature heat and air, microwaves, refrigerators, and grills to make cooking easier! Book your cabin here.





Don't forget to mark your calendars and join us for Dan Nicholas Park's annual Autumn Jubilee event!

October 7 & 8, 2023

10 A.M. - 6 P.M.



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