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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.

on Cook's Wall Trail

1 day ago

Great Hike. Beautiful view looking toward Sauratown Mountain and Pilot Mountain. Beautiful outcropping of Native Hypericum. Found a Jewel of Native Corydalis among the hypericum.

on Indian Creek Trail

3 days ago

The beautiful waterfalls are swarming with people, but once you start heading to the dan it thins fast. The biggest issue (in my humble opinion) with this trail is that the best part is the waterfalls at the start that are completely covered with people. The next 3 .5 miles or so are underwhelming at best. What's cool is there is nothing close to it in the area. if you can't make it all the way to the mountains, there is a decent trail close by. That's why it gets a 4/5. It's also very EASY and can be done in 4 hours taking your sweet time!

What a trash heap.

Loved this trail. Got going at 8am and spent about the full first 2 mi without passing anyone. The final stretch to the top is treacherous! Every time you think you're close... but so worth it in the end. Highly recommend!

Great trail, good workout, nice view at the top!

10 days ago

2.8 mi
462 ft elevation change

Weather was beautiful & one of the first in the parking lot.

15 days ago

16 days ago

on Moores Knob Trail

16 days ago

I would not rate this as an easy trail. Very steep steps in some areas that are a killer on your knees.

Well worth the treat, but the stone steps were a killer in 85 degree temps.

17 days ago