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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.
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.
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.