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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.
Did this hike on 10/15/2016 with my boyfriend. It was his very first hike EVER & he is now HOOKED on hiking so this trail is good for beginners! The steps towards the top are killer but worth it! Lots of spots to sit & eat at the top. It was pretty busy (we went around 3ish) but we didn't mind the crowds.
Lots of parking available & a visitor center with CLEAN BATHROOMS (No porta potties)!!!
Be careful driving to the parking though because there was an awful accident when we went.
This is a beautiful trail that takes you from the Dan River up the mountain to the visitor center parking area. It crosses the creek in several places and passes Window and Hidden Falls closer to the top. I want to do it again when the rhododendron are blooming!
Two very nice out and back trails that start in the same area of the visitor center parking lot and are perfect to combine. I definitely recommend getting an early start, especially on Hanging Rock. A separate entry for Lower Cascades Falls was removed and combined here. It is on Hall Road below and just outside the main park entrance. It's an easy short hike to a wonderful waterfall and pool.
An enjoyable out and back hike that includes two of the park's 'Five Peaks' (House Rock and Cook's Wall), with nice views from each. It is generally less crowded than some of the other trails in the park. You can take Magnolia Springs Trail to connect to Moore's Knob Loop.
I like to get an early start on this one because it can get very crowded. It is a nice not-too-difficult hike up to the park's namesake peak, starting from the parking area opposite the visitor center. It has a great view at the top, looking west back to Moore's Knob.
This was a good challenging hike for me. Loved seeing 2 waterfalls. The old barn is at about 3miles in after you cross the road. I added the river bluff loop that's at the end of Indian Creek trail on the Dan River.
-Indian Creek Trail(Part of the Moutains to Sea Trail system) (Hidden Falls and Window Falls)
-Riverbluff Trail Loop - 1.3 miles
**Total Miles 8.6
We went to left at the fork and walked this trail clockwise. It eliminated going UP the steps that everyone talks about. Keep in mind, if you go clockwise, there will be lots of rocks and roots to contend with. I would agree with the difficulty rating here. A few times I had to stop and take a break. The view from the top of the watchtower is worth it all though! We truly enjoyed our hike in this lovely park. One of our favorite parks in NC!