Hanging Rock and Window Falls Trails

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Hanging Rock and Window Falls Trails is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Danbury, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.6 miles 984 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Park northwest of Winston-Salem has some of the state's prettiest waterfalls east of the Appalachian Mountains. Three easy strolls to picturesque waterfalls offer the perfect introduction to Hanging Rock State Park, the top hiking destination within an hour of the Triad cities of Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem. None of these falls are more than a mile from your car, so they're open to just about any ability level. They do require delicate footwork at times, offering a prelude to Hanging Rock's more challenging trails, which can be steep, rocky and downright difficult. Main quirk of this tour: you need to park twice, once at the park headquarters and again at Lower Cascade entrance on Hall Road just outside the park entrance.

2 months ago

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3 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.

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3 months ago

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 .

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3 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

5 months ago

Amazing views from the top. Worth the hike up, can't wait to go back!

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5 months ago

6 months ago

Fun hike

6 months ago

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Great trail. Difficult 4 miles but well worth the view. Glad we did Hanging Rock Trail first, it was more challenging than the falls. Would do again. Bring lots of water!

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful can't wait to go back and do the other trails. Just completed the hanging rock trail

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9 months ago

11 months ago

awesome trail very scenic with some steep trails. this trail is great for those who are looking to spend a few hours roughing it up the side of this small mountain for an increadible view. took me 3 hours without including the hour i spent at the top taking in the view. plenty of places to hang a hammock at the top. the falls are yet another steep hill going down and its the perfect way to cool down after going to the top of hanging rock. i will be hiking this trail often!

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1 year ago

Best trail I've ever hiked in North Carolina so far.