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Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four-lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered - sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles. Hike the trails of Hanging Rock State Park and let nature put life's hectic pace in perspective. Rent a vacation cabin and fall asleep to the lullabies of spring peepers and chorus frogs. Join an interpretive program and discover something new about nature's bounty. Rock formations of the small Sauratown Range are impressive, and the view from the old ranger tower location atop Moore's Knob is the best in the region. It also features several of the prettiest waterfalls in this region of North Carolina. Nestled in the hills is a cool mountain lake that beckons to swimmers and fishermen. Picnic areas and campgrounds lend themselves to time spent with family and friends. Hanging Rock State Park awaits you.
This was a really fun trail to hike for half of a day. I went with a group of seven teenagers, including myself, and three didn't make it to the top. There are a lot of places off the trail to explore and a lot of rocks to climb, so there is plenty of space for adventure. The rock at the top makes the somewhat tiring journey worth it and it's a thrill to climb to the edge. I'd recommend it to all ages looking for moderate hike.
Beautiful waterfall as a reward for a hike around one of the trails. The waterfall was not on that particular trail, but a little ways down the road. It's an easy, fast hike to get to. Great for families with small children as they can play in the water during warmer weather.
My favorite park on Earth. Take time to try all of the trails! The Hanging Rock Trail does get steep towards the top, but I have seen people of different abilities make it up there at their own pace. The best view is not from the main rock but from the grouping of rocks just to the right. Less crowding there and a perfect spot for lunch.