Indian Creek Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westfield, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Danbury, NC: 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 turning left into a picnic area and parking lot. Park at the rear of the lot near the picnic tables and restrooms. The trail begins there.
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!
This was a good challenging hike for me. Loved seeing 2 waterfalls. The old barn is at about 3miles in after you cross the road. I added the river bluff loop that's at the end of Indian Creek trail on the Dan River.
-Indian Creek Trail(Part of the Moutains to Sea Trail system) (Hidden Falls and Window Falls)
-Riverbluff Trail Loop - 1.3 miles
**Total Miles 8.6
A good workout!
There are several creek crossings, the water was high the day I went. I ended up crossing barefoot a few times to keep from soaking my boots. I saw turkeys, a green snake and an alligator turtle. Great fun, except the stairs. Two great waterfalls along the way and plenty to see.
This trail is rated difficult, but this is for area near the waterfalls, which is steep, and usually crowded with people just there to take in the falls. Other portions are rated as moderate. The trail starts by the Dan River, with a parking area and boat launch. (See park map.) The trail travels through rhododendrons and other shrubs along the creek. There are several creek crossings and interesting rock faces. You should be prepared to get boots wet if water is high. These crossings can also be slippery. Once past the creek, the trail climbs on a mostly dirt track and you'll cross the camp road after the ruins of an old barn. Shortly thereafter, it gets steeps with rock steps and some short difficult sections. Once past the falls and the crowds, the trail is a gradual climb to the main parking lot at the park. Would rate 5 stars were it not for the crowds at the falls.
Beautiful and strenuous. There are slot of stairs and tree roots in the ground so I would suggest it is bad for younger kids but great for dogs. Saw some wildlife. There are several small streams and creeks, as well as a waterfall. You also end this trail at a river. I completed it in 3.75 hour with a 10 min lunch break. Great trail. I would say that the average hiker could do this in 4-5 hours. It gets humid so I would hit the trail by 10-10:30 latest.