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Very nice and easy walking. Long but easy!!

Wonderful views. Can't wait to go back. Go early to beat some of the crowd!!

A great hike with several options to lengthen it if wanted. Hanging Rock Trail makes it all worth it.

hiking
2 days 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.

hiking
2 days ago

The best trail in the park in my opinion. The day I hiked it was super foggy/rainy so views from the summit were zero. The fog up there made it feel like being in a cloud, so it was still very neat.

wonderful trail in the shade!

trail running
3 days ago

Calling this a loop is a little deceiving. You have to connect the trails together by walking along a busy road with not a great shoulder. A portion of the trail in the beginning is also quite overgrown with kudzu.

Amazing view and enjoyable hiking..

We started on the Jomeoke trail (picks up behind rest room) and joined up with ledge springs trail. Almost felt like we were doing the route backwards but it was a good strenuous hike, beautiful views and lots of wildlife. Great hike and I can’t wait to return in the fall to do it again when the leaves are changing

hiking
7 days ago

came here on my first trip to North Carolina. was an amazing hike and well worth the drive

Love the short strenuous like hike to a beautiful overlook!! The dog did really well too! Bring water!

hiking
10 days ago

This is one of our regular spots, thankfully it stays fairly quiet on the trails and in the fields.bLove to bring my dogs here.

Challenging and scenic! Amazing overlooks. Nice for a high paced workout.

Sometimes hard to find parking at the trail head. The lot is very tiny. I like this trail because you can loop rather than going out and back.

Amazing views!!! We had a lot of fun exploring the different trail options. Be sure to check out the waterfalls!

This is a very nice loop around the lake. The trail is wide and nice lake views.

The best hiking is done on these trails and the Grindstone. Best views in the park.

Very smooth trail for beginners

Beautiful and quiet .. a hidden gem with more gems off the path .. like a secret pond :)

hiking
27 days ago

Not too long of a hike, but gets steep and challenging right at the top. BEAUTIFUL views from multiple lookout points - and great photo opportunities at hanging rock!

road biking
27 days ago

Nice wide trail and well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

The value/difficulty of this trail depends on which route you take and your physical condition. An average person should find this quite doable, but not easy. It’s not technical, just a lot of elevation change.

Coming from the lake parking lot, if you take the route to the right (shorter by 0.7 miles) its all stone steps and constant climbing for 1.8 miles to the summit. A helluva workout, wider trail, but no real payoff until you reach the top.

Alternatively, take the longer route (2.5 miles to the top) to the left and its a much more enjoyable hike. Yes, it still has some climb to get you to the top, but no stairs until the last 50yds. Kids would have more fun going this way, too. Certainly an easier route. You will encounter multiple rock outcroppings and great vistas (slightly off trail) of the north and northwest, even grabbing a view of the Sauratowns and Pilot Mountain. Moving at a pretty leisurely pace, you can reach the summit in just over an hour or so.

Coming back down, you will have to decide to retrace your steps, or take the other part of the trail you didn’t come up. Watch your step on the stone steps...loose gravel can catch you off guard.

hiking
1 month ago

very good trail, I made the mistake of having to many drinks the night before and it made the trail a little bit tougher

hiking
1 month ago

Not worth the hike. It has stairs which makes it harder, but I don’t believe the views make up for the intense hike.

Not bad for a quick hike close to town. The few climbs will get your heart rate up.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little hike. Could use better signage to find the trail heads. Ended up doing it in reverse, if we didn’t use the all trail app we would have been off course many times. A trail that’s a loop you would think would be marked in either direction. Beautiful day for a hike. Nice park.

The views at the top were gorgeous, and it was a good workout..but very crowded, loud and lots of trash! I would only go back very early in the morning or maybe in the fall/winter months.

I'm a novice but this trail was tough but it taught me how to tough it out and finish even though the elevation and steps were a little tough. can't wait to tackle another one.

Nice evening hike. Well maintained and pleasant trees, wildlife, well shaded

Did some climbing and hiking here. Really enjoyed the location and routes. Tones of great routes from trad to sport to TR. some nice 90’ routes and all levels of difficulty. Was pretty when we headed there on a Sunday afternoon, though still plenty of routes open to climb. Can’t wait to go back. Easy parking, cold working fountains, bathrooms and well maintained bolts and anchors.

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