Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Hanging Rock State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
5 days ago

Good hike! Tough, but definitely worth the payoff. Moore’s Knob is definitely the hardest and has an easy approach, so choose your direction carefully!

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail, easy going out and back. The upper trail section could be better marked though.

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rocky
12 days ago

I loved this trail except the Hanging Rock part, which was very overcrowded. Other than that, this was a great loop for this cool weekend day.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful short trail. Heavily trafficked. The first half mile is on paved or gravel path until you get to the good trail. Great place to hike up and have lunch

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rocky
13 days ago

Took this as my warm up trail, came at 8am...not a soul here thanks to 28° weather. Easiest waterfall trail I've ever done. Yes, there are stairs but very manageable. Its impossible to show in a picture how amazing the falls are when you get down to the base. Absolutely worth it.

on Hanging Rock Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. Very busy on the weekends, but beautiful views.

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rocky
19 days ago

Amazing hike, but it will take a lot of willpower to finish. I started at hanging rock and worked my way to balanced rock. Hanging rock and Cooks wall are out and back hikes and can be skipped if you’re not up for the whole trek. Cooks wall was my favorite overlook because you can see Pilot Mountain in the distance (I did the 10 mile loop there yesterday). Fun Fact: if you go into the visitors center after you hit all 5 peaks, you can ask them for the official 5 Overlooks Challenge patch! It’s only $2.50! Totally worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

Nice trail! We did not hike in its completion, but we instead checked out wolf rock from the split, and then made it into a loop by turning right at the split and back around the lake. This is a natural trail with rocks and roots, which I prefer to the gravel portions of trail on the hidden/window falls trail and the paved hanging rock trail. Great view from Wolf Rock, you could see Winston Salem

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rocky
20 days ago

Highest peak in the park. Beautiful views up top, but cooler and windy. Moderate trail and recommend decent cardio to make it fun. My favorite trail at Hanging Rock. Fantastic at sunset!

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rocky
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Great trial. Wide and paved at the beginning. It’s straight up in the way there but doable. Highly trafficked but worth it.

hiking
29 days ago

Great easy trail. We went mid October and it was perfect minus the spider webs. My 4 year old daughter was able to hike with us. Just getting to enjoy nature’s beauty

We went in October and brought our dog. We hiked 4.7 miles of beautiful trail, to the top of Moore’s Knob! Moore’s knob is the highest point in Hanging Rock State Park! Lots of nature, camping is extremely close if you want to stay and hike the rest of the beautiful trails, this park has to offer!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great short hike. Beautiful views at Hanging Rock. Great park.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views and a great workout. We started with the steps and was definitely ready for some lunch when we reached the tower. Great hike!!

Bit a rocky uphill buy also a great workout!

on Hanging Rock Trail

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rocky
1 month ago

Pretty strenuous climb but overall worth it. Great hike. All ages on the trail too kids and elders. It was a good hike.

on Moores Knob Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Always an excellent hike, great for exercise and the beautiful views! This time, we met a volunteer who was taking care of the trail, pruning small limbs and thorny vines off the path. I recommend taking the longer hike, working your way up the rocky side, breaking for lunch at the tower, then following the steps back down.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail, even more awesome view! Well maintained, but still a great outdoor trail experience

hiking
1 month ago

Almost died....5 stars would do again!

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rocky
1 month ago

Great hike with great views south and Winston-Salem in the distance.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

AMAZING! Great hike and sick views at summit!! A bunch of uphill and downhill scrambling. Loved every minute of this hike!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

I think these trails are as good as any you will find in the Appalachian system and it’s a lot closer for people who cannot make a day trip all the way to western NC. It’s where I go to get my “mountain fix”. Amazing views from the peaks!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 9-21-19: Plenty of free parking, clean restrooms at the lake house. The trail was easy, not a lot of steep inclination. Well blazed. Both the House Rock and Cook's Wall overlooks were beautiful. I'd recommend this for all skill levels. Will definitely hike again.

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scramble
1 month ago

Good trail, and longest in the park. You start at the lake parking lot, and head over at the base of Huckleberry Ridge. Up and over the ridge, where you get a great view of the back of Moore’s Wall. The falls aren’t that impressive, but the cave is very cool. Great hike and a solid workout. Bring water and a walking stick or trekking poles; the climb over the ridge is done via an old watercourse so it’s rocky and requires some care.

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washed out
1 month ago

Did 10.5 miles and covered 5 peaks today. Good trails, but tough on the knees due to rocks and roots. The views from the 5 peaks made the hike worth it.

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rocky
2 months ago

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