Cook's Wall Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westfield, NC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hanging Rock State Park is located in Stokes County, 4 miles northwest of Danbury. The park entrance is on Moore's Spring Road SR 1001, which lies between NC 8/89 east of the park and NC 66 west of the park. Travel past park entrance. Continue on main park road for approximately 1.8 miles continuing straight at the intersection and heading into a parking area with access to restrooms, picnic grove and Chestnut Oak Nature Trail. Cook's Wall Trail begins on Chestnut Oak Nature Trail which may be accessed from this area. Take it along side the lake and follow it up to Wolf Rock Loop Trail. Take Wolf Rock Loop Trail a short distance where Cook's Wall Trail intersects from the right.
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.
Nice trail, great views from House Rock and Cooks Wall, trail is moderately strenuous, very rocky, you'll spend a lot of time looking down, watching your step. It's really an out-and-back not a loop. Tom make it a loop would mean taking another, intersecting trail. The map shows it going to Moore's Knob... that's not accurate, you'd need to take a second trail and increase your distance significantly, to get there, by the time that was an option I was done for.Signage is pretty good. You reach the trail near the lake parking lot, behind the bath house next to the lake, trail is blazed with white diamonds. Have fun!
My wife, our dogs and I did this trail the last weekend of September. We started at the Visitor Center lot and took the Hanging Rock Trail to the Wolfe Rock Trail, then continued on to Cooks Wall. Nice moderate trail, about 5.8mi the way we combined trails. We loved the views and the dogs loved the walk. We got there around 9 on Sunday and it was kinda lean on people, coming back after lunch, it was starting to get busy. It is definitely on our do again list. We love Hanging Rock State Park and go 2 or 3 times a year.
Your best option in the park to escape the crowds. Link up with the Moore's Knob trail via the Magnolia Springs trail for a good 7.5 mile day of hiking.
Lovely trail. It was pretty simple, but had beautiful views and was less crowded than Hanging Rock Trail. I'd recommend starting with Wolf Rock Trail and continuing on to this one. Gorgeous hike, especially in the fall!
Cook's Wall is a really nice hike in Hanging Rock State Park that takes you through woods and along a rocky wall with great views of Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain. It's more of an up and back than a loop trail as you pass House Rock going up and coming down. Climbers use the various wall outcroppings and raptors are plentiful. The up and back would be more like 3.5 miles total. Recommend this hike even just to go to House Rock for a family picnic - which has some of the best views on the hike.
Cook's Wall is located in the Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury, NC. Great scenic views from the top..in the distance you can see Pilot Mountain.
Great trail. Pilot Mtn. is a way under rated park. One of my favorite hiking spots when I visit NC. I hike there at least a couple times of year. There are also some nice places to rapel and climb.