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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.

hiking
22 days 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
25 days ago

trail running
25 days 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 .

Nice trail in the northern part of the state

on Moores Knob Trail

29 days ago

view is spectacular

on Moores Knob Trail

29 days ago

love this trail. requires you to be in reasonably good shape and the birw is spectacular ❤❤

hiking
30 days ago

Breathtaking views, well worth the hike when you reach the top of the mountain!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail with my five-year-old son and it wasn't as difficult as I thought. I was expecting a steeper hike, but it was never strenuous for me. We took the eastern route to the top, leaving from the parking lot at the lake. It took us about 1.5 hours to make it to the summit (with many stops for my son) and about 50 minutes for the descent. The views are fantastic and well worth the hike.

Although our crew arrived a little later than we wanted (10am) we really enjoyed this hike. Narrow areas were a little congested when other families/groups walked through, but once we got to Hanging Rock, it was totally worth it. Incredible views to be sure. There were dozens of people on the rock which made it challenging to get a view from, but there wasn't a bad view from anywhere. Look forward to doing this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

A nice way to connect Hanging Rock and Moore's Knob into one big loop. Also a must if you are trying to complete the park's 'Five Peaks.'