Hanging Rock Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews
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Hanging Rock Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Danbury, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 659 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

Hanging Rock Trail is a 1.3 mile trail (one-way), 2.6 mile (out-and-back). Very well-traveled. If you're not concerned with crowds, this is a good hike.

2 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Good half day hike. Lots of people during peak season.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with changing views and challenging elevation-Loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail in the northern part of the state

2 months ago

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

beautiful at the top.

4 months ago

Great vistas at the top!

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hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful view - especially at the end of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views at the top. Fun to bring a picnic for the top. Worth the leg burning walk up!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes since it is within reasonable driving distance and is moderately challenging. I have been hiking it for years. I proposed to my wife at the top of the trail over 30 years ago.

hiking
5 months ago

Great intermediate hike for beginners. Trail gets toughest at the top of the man made stairs, mostly turns into big rocks and boulders. The view and breeze are worth all the stops along the way!!

hiking
6 months ago

One of my local favorites! Beautiful views of the Piedmont area from the top. Lower end of moderate...there are a few steep steps throughout this busy trail.