Hanging Rock, Virginia

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Hanging Rock
Unincorporated community
Hanging Rock, Virginia is located in Virginia
Hanging Rock, Virginia
Hanging Rock, Virginia is located in the US
Hanging Rock, Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°19′41″N 080°02′24″W / 37.32806°N 80.04000°W / 37.32806; -80.04000Coordinates: 37°19′41″N 080°02′24″W / 37.32806°N 80.04000°W / 37.32806; -80.04000
Country United States
State Virginia
County Roanoke
Elevation[1] 1,115 ft (340 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24019
Area code 540
FIPS code[2] 51-35144
GNIS feature ID[1][2] 1499521

Hanging Rock is an unincorporated community in Roanoke County, Virginia, United States located directly north of Salem. The community is named for a prominent rock outcrop. The intersection of Virginia State Route 311 and Virginia State Route 419 is in Hanging Rock.[3] In the Battle of Hanging Rock in the Civil War, a retreat to West Virginia by Union General David Hunter was briefly disrupted by the forces of Confederate Generals Jubal A. Early and John McCausland. Hunter and his men were seeking refuge after failing to capture Lynchburg, 60 miles to the east. About 100 union soldiers were killed partly because their way was blocked by trees that had been felled across the road.