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Hanging Rock State Park provides a glimpse into a different side of North Carolina - impressive cliffs, massive rock formations, ample forests and pounding waterfalls give way to the piedmont plateau and views from the old ranger tower location atop Moore's Knob that stretch for miles. Hanging Rock Park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails, 73 tent sites or vacation cabins for camping, a friendly park staff, 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails, and Dan River paddling and rock climbing opportunities. The park has lots of biodiversity and natural beauty; come see the spring peepers, chorus frogs, and mountain laurel. Join an interpretive program, visit a cool mountain lake with recreation opportunities for swimmers and fishermen.

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.

4 days 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!

5 days 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.

short hike but enough to make you sweat due elevation! the view on top was great! glad me and my kids did this hike.watch out for the cliff.

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.

11 days 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.

16 days ago

Awesome trail! Allowed us to get out of the car for a couple hours and stretch our legs on the 11 hour drive home from Myrtle Beach to Northeast Ohio. It was a bit crowded but the trail itself was challenging and fun! Hidden gem in NC!

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.

Amazing view

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!

My friends and I completed this hike in May. It takes you to a beautiful overlook. You will not see much on the hike up, but since it’s a relatively short hike, the view is absolutely worth it. We went early and had the overlook to ourselves for some time.

1 month ago

I’ve done this trail a couple times and it has amazing views. The first time there was only a couple people on the trial, but this last time the trail was packed ( it was also a holiday weekend). The trail is well kept and easy to follow. This last time I took my 4 year old up it and it took about an hour each way with his little feet.

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.

1 month 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!

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Not even hiking. It's just really good walking track. The view on the summit is amazing :)

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

Great trail. Spectacular view.

From benign to intense. A must hike.

2 months ago

Great trail, view is amazing, but a little too short for my taste.

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

2 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.

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.

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