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Hiked these trails, and also other trails. Good hike and workout!

challenging in all the right parts. beautiful throughout. not too long. great Sunday hike

Lots and I mean lots of steps but the view at the top is beautiful and definitely worth it. We loved the tower!

hiking
16 days ago

I would give this one 3 starts but I REALLY enjoyed the view from the tower and Balancing Rock was unreal. So those things earned the extra star. But the walk there and back...eh. It’s was nice just because I like to be in the woods.

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice unobstructed view of Charlotte skyline and surrounding plains. Kinda unique since this mountain stands on its own without others around. Short but somewhat steep hike with a tiny bit of rock climbing to get to the final view. Keep walking right along the ridge from there to get better views. You’ve found the summit when you get to a rusted metal pole sealed in concrete.

Good hike. Did the loop.

hiking
23 days ago

The trail is well marked and easy to follow. the view from the top is really beautiful especially on a clear day. Plus the sound of the water coming from the creek is really refreshing. It is a little bit of a workout but it is worth it.

hiking
23 days ago

This was a wonderful trail. As other reviewers stated... go up the left side to avoid the stairs. I would have highly disliked this trail if I had to climb up all those stairs. It was a busy Saturday at the park but this trail was very quiet. A beautiful 360 view from the top. The lookout tower is really cool!

Very nice hike. Pretty hilly but nice change in terrain throughout trail

Great day for a hike even with fog after a rainy morning especially with 17 people!!

Very easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Finally made it here for a hike on a crisp but clear December day. Thoroughly enjoyed it, would do again! I'd rate this hike as moderate, not difficult. It's not at significant altitude and it has less than 1000 feet of elevation gain. The trail begins from the visitor center parking lot and is very well marked with a round orange blaze. The trail is well maintained but I'd suggest boots, especially for the rocky parts at the top. I brought hiking poles but really didn't use them, but if you have bad knees they would help on the descent. I am 55 years old and had no issues hiking this trail and I think anyone in reasonable shape can do it by just going at a pace comfortable to you. The last 100 yards or so is "steep" but nothing to worry about, just go at a pace comfortable for you. It took about an hour to get up at a leisurely pace. The views from the top were great! I could clearly see the Charlotte skyline and the mountains of western NC in the distance to the west. Going down was fairly fast but be careful of your footing in the first quarter mile down. A thoroughly enjoyable hike, I'd definitely do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Physically demanding but rewarding. This trail is very steep in the last 1/4 mile and sucks the wind out of you, but the view at the top makes it all worth it.
Pro Tip: Trekking poles are a huge advantage on this hike.

short hike with a moderate elevation. the view from the top is nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty fun and easier trail considering the views at the top. Like many others have said 3/4 of the trail is pretty light, the last 1/4 being the most work. Got up in about 45 min-1 hour just in time to catch sunset then about 30 down. Glad we decided to swing by while on our way to Charlotte.

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

Excellent hike! Went up the main trail to the lookout, went down the Backside trail on the way back. (Mainly due to my legs being pretty much shot. Haha)
Was just a beautiful sight when you get there, definitely worth the effort!!

hiking
1 month ago

Came out to take a few pics. November hikes are the best.

hiking
2 months 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!

I was honestly surprised at the level of difficulty of this hike when you get right to the top. That last hundred feet or so is quite something! But what a payoff...the view from the top is simply spectacular. How great that there is this kind of elevation just a short drive from downtown Charlotte! Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

gorgeous babbling Brook, great view!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun but challenging it's a black diamond trail so be careful if in experienced

Running and jumping through the rock structures is a blast! Views from the cliffs are pretty incredible for the area. The tower took away from the natural beauty a bit but overall it was decent hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail... beautiful views especially with the fall leaves. Lots of dogs which i loves. I didn’t like the loud music some patrons were playing...I believe there should be a rule about that. It disrupted our hike.

hiking
2 months ago

A very steep incline. Must watch your step! This was a great workout. Will definitely be back!

Good exercise, beautiful view!

on Moores Knob Trail

hiking
2 months 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

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike early on a cool Sunday morning with my parents. They are in their 60’s and we needed to take breaks for knees and lungs :) The trail is beautiful. Steep at points. But the pay off with the views are spectacular. The leaves were changing colors — magnificent!

hiking
2 months ago

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

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