Moores Knob Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Danbury, NC that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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.
dogs on leash
4.2 mile loop to the top of Moore's Knob with 360 degree veiws from the top, including the nearby Hanging Rock (namesake of the park), and Sauratown Mountain and Pilot Mountain in the distance. The loop starts by the lake/campground . It joins up with several other trails including Tory's Den and a nature trail. There are 2 options that meet at the summit. the 1.6 m option w/ lots of stair steps is wide and more traveled. The 2.6 m option is more single track trail with lots of rocks.
We went to left at the fork and walked this trail clockwise. It eliminated going UP the steps that everyone talks about. Keep in mind, if you go clockwise, there will be lots of rocks and roots to contend with. I would agree with the difficulty rating here. A few times I had to stop and take a break. The view from the top of the watchtower is worth it all though! We truly enjoyed our hike in this lovely park. One of our favorite parks in NC!
All the steps...
Pick your poison: several hundred stone stairs when approached from the east, or long, rocky inclines when approached from the west. But you'll be rewarded with sweet views from the summit either way.
Sweet views from the summit.
My favorite hike.
loved going to long way to get to moores knob. completed entire loop but u actually gotta do part of another trail to get there so be ready for that as we were. rocky. great views. check out the look out!
This trail is challenging but worth the effort. The views are fantastic.
This is an amazing trail with a stunning 360 view at the top.
I love this. So windy up at the cliff, extremely scenic. Gets you thinking about life, and how that immenseness is just a really small piece of earth. It gets me thinking about how big the world is!
Although more difficult, this trail is way better than the main Hanging Rock trail. 360 degree views from the tower. Went on a grey/cold/windy day, and still had a fantastic time. 600+ stairs on one side of the loop, so plan accordingly - whether you like up stairs or down. We went down and found it was much easier! Strenuous hike, but the views from the tower make it worthwhile.
I'm on the Lookout Tower right now, this is my third time within the last year and I almost tear up every time. Incredible, incredible view.
it's a long climb up plenty of steps to help along the way. All your hard work making the climb is rewarded at the top with some fantastic 360 views.
Beautiful bit quite a hike up the hill