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Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four-lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered - sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles. Hike the trails of Hanging Rock State Park and let nature put life's hectic pace in perspective. Rent a vacation cabin and fall asleep to the lullabies of spring peepers and chorus frogs. Join an interpretive program and discover something new about nature's bounty. Rock formations of the small Sauratown Range are impressive, and the view from the old ranger tower location atop Moore's Knob is the best in the region. It also features several of the prettiest waterfalls in this region of North Carolina. Nestled in the hills is a cool mountain lake that beckons to swimmers and fishermen. Picnic areas and campgrounds lend themselves to time spent with family and friends. Hanging Rock State Park awaits you.

great hike clockwise on the loop! a longer ascent but it's well worth it. a more natural single track with beautiful rock formations. the view at the top shows the mountain outline to the west and far views in he piedmont to the east. we plan on ascending and descending the longer part of the loop next time to avoid manmade rock stairs. will only add about .8 miles to trip.

hiking
1 day ago

It was okay, not a lot of views but had a good hike.

hiking
15 days ago

The stairs can leave you winded, so pace yourself through there. The view is great, with enough room to where you can find your own quiet spot if you go early enough. I started before 9 am and there were only two others on the rock when I got up there. Left the rock around 11 and there were about a dozen. Probably 20 more people on their way up as I came down. Good for families.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing that's all I have to say !!!!! All the steps on the short side can get to you but simply beautiful on top

beautiful Trail waterfalls rock formations not that tough until you get to the bottom of the waterfalls from there to the park office is straight up but it's a trail I highly recommend

kind of tough but when you get to the top you're on top of the world take your camera

Did this hike with my family. Was a great short hike. The hike back to the visitors center is all uphill, just as a warning. It was also covered with wet leaves, so be careful if it has rained.

Worth the extra little ways to go to the Window Falls. Cool rock formations.

Good half day hike. Lots of people during peak season.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult, but well worth the view. My favorite in Hanging Rock. The tower is beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

We would do this one again. Although it was super crowded, the views from the top were worth it. Arrive early and do the summit first, then the falls, which were less crowded.

trail running
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with changing views and challenging elevation-Loved it.

Love the waterfalls just it was a drought so the flow was not good . But will be back after some better Rain to capture the beauty of the Falls .

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail in the northern part of the state