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this is a fun trail with some good uphill. there are always a lot of people as it is close to Winston Salem.

hiking
21 days ago

What a fun and somewhat challenging hike! We took the longer route (to the left to start out) and it was a nice and steady incline until we got to the rocks then it really got interesting! I had my 8 and 10 year old with me and we all managed just fine. The top is totally worth the climb. You have a 360 degree view! The stairs on the way back down (going the opposite way), were covered in leaves but not slippery. It will be fun to do the hike in the reverse order next time. Well marked and maintained. (Red and white circles). Highly recommend!

hiking
25 days ago

gorgeous babbling Brook, great view!

I hiked this today and I was very happy with the trip. It takes a leisurely couple hours and expect some 60% gradients and a lot of stairs. Well worth it though!

on Moores Knob Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hanging Rock is not my favorite but it’s close to home. This trail has over 700 stone stairs that will tear your knees up! No matter what shape you’re in. Not a very good design for a trail. I start with the stairs if I’m going to do Moore’s at all

Did just the Moore’s wall part of the trail today and it was absolutely lovely!! The trip to the top was a good workout but totally doable. Views spectacular without having to go all the way to the “big” mountains of N.C.!!!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike during the first Hanging Rock State Park "Reach the Peaks" event on National Public Lands Day in 2013. Lots of views, great ups and downs and be prepared to sleep well after.

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.

on Five Peaks Hike

1 month ago

Fun exercise, especially in the fall! The best way to do it is start with Moore’s Wall...700+ stairs to climb...but CLIMBING stairs is way better than coming down that many. Too hard on the knees.
Check in at the Visitor’s Center and tell them you are doing the Challenge. They’ll give you a paper to log your times at each Trailhead.
I took the MST trailhead, at the Visitors Center parking lot, to the lake, and started Moore’s there. The Visitors Center people will tell you to walk up the road through the camp ground, if you start with Moore’s Wall. But I would much rather walk a trail!
When you’re finished, turn your times in and you can get a ‘5 Overlooks Challenge’ patch. Pretty cool.
For a real challenge, you should add the Indian Creek Trail for another 8 miles...total of around 18. Now that’s a challenge and a GREAT day :)

on Five Peaks Hike

1 month ago

the park does offer a five peaks challenge historically in September but have heard that will now be held in the spring 2019.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really nice hike. We did, in fact, go counter-clockwise and started with Moore's Knob, which is what I would recommend. Strava says 10.5 miles with a little under 2000' of elevation change. Moore's Knob and Hanging Rock are the coolest, the other "peaks" are cool too, but the other definitely stand out. Great trail for dogs, mine had a blast. The entire trail is well-shaded, so cool even if the sun is out. A bit out of the way for us in Raleigh, but was definitely worth the day trip.

One of the beautiful places to see the fall colors. It was an easy hike and pet friendly. Usually takes 2-3 hrs from car to car.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Recent floods have washed lots of sand onto the trail near the river. Also a bit muddy. Offers nice views of the bluffs across the Dan River and is a nice walk through the woods on the high side.

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
2 months 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.

Window and hidden falls are beautiful just not a whole lot once you get to them! The travel to hanging rock is amazing with a little challenge to it! Definitely will be going back.

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

on Indian Creek Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Not much for scenery at all, but a decent length and good exercise

hiking
3 months ago

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

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
3 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.

From benign to intense. A must hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Average hike through the woods along the Dan River. There are some pretty bluff views along the river as you hike.

A great and lengthy hike from Dan River to Hanging Rock and back. Indian Creek Trail is simple and has several creek crossings. Hanging Rock Trail and views are super!

The day I hiked this I got a massive amount of rain dumped on me for a couple miles. The creeks were a little high but still plenty manageable.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

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