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Tara Cribbs reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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We did the more difficult trail. There are steep inclines, lots of stairs and rocks. It is a challenge and can get pretty busy at times. The views are AMAZING !

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Nathan Hunt reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Not too shabby! Could use a bit of work, but I had a blast running it!

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Crystal Luffman reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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I hated it.

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Sherri Thacker reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Hanging Rock State Park is a great place to hike. It has many different trails. Some are strenuous, some are easy and some are moderate. The hanging rock trail is marked moderate but I found it to be more strenuous in spots. Lots of stairs to climb up and some are rather steep. Then there’s the many rocks to climb up and around and those can be tough. The climb to the top is definitely worth it and it was about 1.3 miles one way and then you have to come back down. We got there around 10 am on a weekday and by 1 pm, it was a lot more crowded. Lots of big rocks at the top to take great pics. We also hiked to Upper Cascades Falls which was about 1/4 mile hike and more flat. A lot of it was gravel rock but dog did fine. A beautiful waterfall at the end. I want to go back and see even more this park has to offer. There are many waterfalls all around to see and we only saw 1.

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Dana Kalnins reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Blair Kephart reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Totally worth the stairs! The view was INSANE!!

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Andrew Pietkiewicz reviewed Linville Gorge Loop
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Good route. Definitely one of my all-time favorite trails due to the diversity in scenery and elevation. Started at Wolf Pit late Friday night and quickly hiked the grueling first miles to camp on top of the Chimneys. Would recommend filling up enough water at the start and at the water pipe to last a while as well as the Olson side trail around the side of Shortoff. Second day we got our early in the morning and hiked to have breakfast on Table rock, would recommend putting in the extra effort to make it up there. Crossed the river at about 12, the water levels were fairly high, so we set up a 3-person system to zipline bags across the river, and swam across the upper pool. Unless water levels are low, no other ways seemed feasible, so bring paracord. Hiking in the gorge was up and down at times, but the last miles to daffodil flats were easy and especially pretty. MST connector trail on the third day was extremely difficult but short, would recommend knocking that out early in the day, and the rest of the hiking including river crossing was relatively easy. Overall a great route, avenza maps are necessary to make sure to stay on route and to see water sources and campsites but we had no issues getting lost.

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David Cepik reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Awesome hike. Can’t wait to do it again.

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Taylor Carr reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Very good, enjoyed the hike a lot and the view at the top.

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Jonathan Szopinski reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Beautiful hike. It is heavily traffic, we got to the park around 9 and it wasn’t super busy, by 1130 the parking lot was pretty much full

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Sarah Szopinski reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Nice trail with incredible views at the end. It is very busy but worth it. Check your GPS route because ours took us the wrong way. Visitor center is still closed but there are port a potties

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Amanda Ferster reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Amanda Pettenati reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Liz Palermo reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Scott Zeck reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Kevin Robinson reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Great adventure through Hanging Rock, connected the pinnacle with Wolf Rock and the upper parking area. Lots of recent storm damage present across multiple trails.

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G Was reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Rommy Kotka reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Awesome views

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Chris Johnson reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Mostly an open trail but slightly challenging as it is uphill most of the way going out. Steep rock steps near the top are more strenuous but do-able. Nice cruise on the way back in. Weather was overcast but still a nice view. Note: visitors center and restrooms are closed and under construction right now.

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Whitney Morton-Getz reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Emily Schultz reviewed Linville Gorge Loop
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This is a great, hard hike! I did it in 1.5 days, counter clockwise. Started out from Wolf Pit trail head around 9 am. The climbs up are a slog but nothing too technically challenging, it is what it is. Great views and interesting vegetation and geological sites. Like everyone says: limited water on the rim side of this hike. Be sure to carry full bottles esp if it’s hot! I hit the river around 1:30 pm. I did the combination rock hop / wade through with water up to my belly button or so. The zip line was passable for my pack (bring an extra carribeaner (I borrowed one) for the zip line! It helped that I ran into other hikers at the crossing and watched them go first. Don’t underestimate the low side of the loop. Not big elevation gains but tons of ups and down, tricky rocky parts, tall blow downs to scramble over. I was anticipating a cake walk but it is absolutely not, for the most part. I camped 16 miles in, stopping around 5:30 pm. Lots of big sites along the river. Day 2 was shorter (about 7 miles) but hard, especially since my legs were dead from climbing Day 1! There are some nice smooth declines but ridiculous inclines. The 2nd river crossing was relatively uneventful. It’s a big, wide section with much less current. Took several minutes of slow wading across, pack on, water generally around my knee height. I took an alternate way out back to Wolf Pit via the smoother side trails (somebody’s Flats? Faulkner flats? I forget the name but there are a couple options to the right of the suggested route). That way I avoided the last climb out, for the most part, and took an easy wide way back up to the lot. Worth it for my dead legs. Trail was well maintained BUT the turns are not always marked and, even if they are, I didn’t see many trail names. Definitely needed to consult my map closely and relied on GPS since I didn’t closely track my mileage from point to point. Back to my car a little before noon.

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Jeffrey Potter reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Pretty steep, but rewarding. Had a blast, our German Shepherd enjoyed it

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Challenging!

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Karen Richardson reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Beautiful day!

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Mia Conde reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Trail doesn’t open until 7 we tried to catch the sunset only to find the gate locked :(! We arrived right when they opened and the trail was empty. Such a gorgeous view and a well maintained trail. Going up and down was a breeze. Was so happy to pass all the traffic so early! The rock was empty. On the hike down there was dozens of others hiking up. Go early!!! Skip the people!

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wendy davis reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Kou Vang reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Hanging rock was great. The rest was really boring.

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Rushabh Pasad reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Trail was but wet and slippery due to rains in the past couple of days.

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