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Great easy short hike to see waterfalls.

I have loved this spot since I was a kid, alot more crowded in the summer now, but good cool down hike after any of the longer ones In the park. perfect place to get children in the water when warm enough. instagram@jculler421

hiking
10 days ago

Excellent hike! Not many views on the way up. The view at the top is definitely awesome and made the hike worth doing!!

Great hike- nice climb and scenic view at the top. I definitely recommend taking the left (clockwise) side of the loop on the way up. More scenic and variable terrain compared to taking the side that has stairs.

Took my 7 and 4 year olds and they loved it and did great.

Great area for fall camping
colorful at that time of the year
Amazing trails

Some nice waterfalls via a short hike. Can get very crowded. If you continue down the trail from the falls, crowds will fall off and you'll find some solitude. Nice hike.

hiking
1 month ago

From the Dan River to the Hanging Rock State Park parking lot, this trail takes you across maybe 10 creek crossings, with several up to ankle deep as well as takes you to Window and Hidden Falls near the top; I hiked this during the Pilot Mtn to Hanging Rock 32 mile event., as 100s of runners came down the trail as I was going down and up. Nice cool fall day and a great hike!

I started out using the left side is the loop. This part of the loop is @2.8 miles. This was easy until @1.5 miles in and then it started uphill. Once I reached the top I decided to go on the remainder of the loop which is straight down. There are a good bit of step rocks going down so you have to be careful not to go to fast. The second part of my trek was @1.8 miles. This part took a lot less time than the first part of the hike. I only met one man his child on the way up and then maybe 6 people on the way down. Much less traveled trail than others in the part.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Easy hike if you are in shape. Not too busy. Great 360 degree views from lookout tower. Too early to see the leaves changing and too late to jump in the lake after a sweaty hike. The beach was closed already by the trailhead.

No traffic past the waterfalls. An easy hike until the end if you start at Park. Coming back up those steps challenges you.

A quick easy hike my favorite place in the park.

This was a great was to get into, or back into, hiking! The trail is well maintained and moderate to easy. the views are beautiful and well worth the effort in the climb/hike back up. The attendants at the visitor center were helpful and knowledgeable. A great way to spend an afternoon!

It’s such a short trek to a small and lovely waterfall. It’s a popular swimming ground so expect small to moderate crowds when visiting. The stairs aren’t as long and narrow as the ones in window falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and view, less crowed than hanging rock trail.

Nice well maintained trail short and easy until you get to the steps at the falls. Pretty falls. Easy hour trip.

Started intending to include the Cook's Wall Trail and Moore's Knob Trail. Realized the day was getting long, and cut most of Moore's Knob out. Was a very nice hike. Not too strenuous. It will make you feel like you did something. The highlights were House Rock and Cook's Wall Outlook. At least a 270° clear view at the Outlook. Beautiful to say the least. Even the soaring buzzards had a certain majesty to them from the Outlook. I believe there was a bald eagle amongst them, but didn't get a shot of it. I guess the buzzards we're trying to tell this fat boy something, which may have had some to play in shortening the trek. I should title this There And Back Again: A Short, Fuzzy, Fatboy's Tale. No Dragons, Just buzzards. Lol!

hiking
2 months ago

Hands down the best trail at Hanging Rock- recommend starting clockwise at the fork, going right is shorter but has a very steep incline the entire hike. Views from the lookout tower are truly 360 allowing you to see all the park, lake, hanging rock, pilot mountain, and even Greensboro and Winston Salem in the distance, and buffalo mountain in Virginia.

My husband and I went today and took our fur baby and had a great time. We took the longer trail to the top (which isn't for everyone) and then took the shorter (stairsteps) out. We all around walked 10 miles today.

Nice easy hike for an afternoon outing. Stairs can be a little slick at the bottom.

From benign to intense. A must hike.

When combined with the Indian Creek Trail this makes for a decent hike. The waterfalls aren't that large but they're pretty. Indian Creek Trail has several water crossings.

hiking
3 months ago

Neat and easy hike. The trickling waterfall and cave were neat. Worth the short hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike through the woods. I combined this trail with the Cook's Wall Trail for more mileage. Great views all around!

A short trail. Very popular area for swimming. Beautiful waterfall over a pool setting.

Great short hike with the upper cascades making it worthwhile. You can just view the cascades or get in the creek and play.

The Rock Garden Trail is a neat sensory type trail. Great paved surface!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. The Wolf Rock Trial combined with this one makes a better hike. Great views!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike through the woods with several creek crossings. I linked up with the Hanging Rock Trail to make a longer and much better hike.

hiking
3 months ago

An excellent hike with plenty of elevation change and challenge. One of the best hikes in the park. The lookout tower is unbelievable. Views in every direction for MILES! That was excellent.

Beautiful falls and swimming area for the whole family! The walk to the falls is easy and well worth the beautiful rocks and waterfall!

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