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#5 of 42 state parks in North Carolina

Best trails in Hanging Rock State Park

2604 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Hanging Rock State Park ranging from 1.2 to 29.4 miles and from 705 to 2,575 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Hanging Rock State Park
Park information
Acreage:
6921 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(336) 593-8480
Helpful links
Top trails (24)
#1 - Hanging Rock Trail
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Challenging enough to feel accomplished but still do-able. Well worth the beautiful views at the top. Very heavy traffic, be prepared.Show more
#2 - Moores Knob Trail
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
4.2 mile loop to the top of Moore's Knob with 360 degree views from the top, including the nearby Hanging Rock (namesake of the park), and Sauratown Mountain and Pilot Mountain in the distance. The lShow more
#3 - Five Peaks Hike
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 5 h 6 m
Five Peaks Hike is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Danbury, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, natureShow more
#4 - Hanging Rock and Window Falls Trails
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Park northwest of Winston-Salem has some of the state's prettiest waterfalls east of the Appalachian Mountains. Three easy strolls to picturesque waterfalls offer the perfect introduction to HangingShow more
#5 - Indian Creek Trail
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
Indian Creek Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westfield, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily uShow more
#6 - Upper Cascades Falls and Rock Garden Trail
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 20 m
Trail to scenic Hanging Rock State Park Upper Cascades Falls and short wheelchair-accessible Rock Garden trail leading to a rock outcrop.Show more
#7 - Lower Cascade Falls Trail
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 21 m
Lower Cascade Falls Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westfield, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primariShow more
#8 - Hidden and Window Falls via Indian Creek Trail
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 41 m
Hidden and Window Falls via Indian Creek Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Walnut Cove, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
#9 - Cook's Wall Trail
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Cook's Wall Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westfield, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numbShow more
#10 - Tory's Den & Falls
Hanging Rock State Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 16 m
A 0.4 mile RT trail on the northwestern side of Hanging Rock State Park that leads to a waterfall and a cave.Show more
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