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Hanging Rock State Park will expand with former 4-H camp transfer

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Cheshire Hall at Camp Sertoma in Westfield, N.C. (2009, Journal)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County will expand with the addition of a former 4-H camp on 716 acres, following action by the N.C. General Assembly in its 2014 session.

Operations of the former Camp Sertoma 4-H Education Center, also known as the Vade Mecum Springs property with Moore Springs Campground, will be folded into those of the state park.

Specifically, the state legislation authorizes the N.C. Department of Administration to transfer the property for inclusion in the state parks system.

Vade Mecum Springs is a Stokes County landmark, having been developed in the 1890s as a resort.

It was operated as a retreat and summer camp by the Episcopal Diocese and Easter Seals until its acquisition by North Carolina State University in 1981 for its 4-H program with involvement by Sertoma clubs.

The Vade Mecum facilities include a 398-acre campground complex with nine miles of mountain biking trails and access on the Dan River.

The facilities also include a lodge, a recreation hall, a swimming pool, 13 cabins, an equestrian barn and trails, a chapel and athletic fields. The property is about one-half mile northwest of the state park boundary across Moore Springs Road.