Looking for a great trail in Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash 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 12 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!

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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.

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rocky
3 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. Highly recommend taking the ‘left’ side to avoid the stairs and wearing boots as it was muddy and rocky.

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rocky
4 days ago

I went on a clear day, so the visibility from the lookout tower was truly amazing. The trail was well marked (red circles) and easy to follow. I recommend that you wear shoes with good tread on this trail because it is very rocky in some areas.

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rocky
11 days ago

Moore’s Knob to the lookout tower via the nature trail and linking with a few others. Absolutely incredible views from the top. Worth it even in rainy weather but watch your step on the slippery rocks.

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13 days ago

This is the trail you save for last. Great cool down hike after a few days of high peaks and chest burners. be sure to finish your day at the green heron with a cool refreshing drink alongside the dan river.

very nice quick hike, the stairs down to the window falls may be hard for some, hidden falls was flowing well with all the rain today.

13 days ago

did this one last year it was a pretty nice trip out and back

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14 days ago

Trail conditions were excellent today, very few wet spots. We had the entire loop and tower to ourselves. Our small hiking dog enjoyed swimming in the creeks and didn’t seem to mind the stairs.

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14 days ago

Nice short hike, with all the rain today the falls was spectacular.

Very easy, mostly gravel with a few stairs, the waterfall is beautiful.

Very easy hike even in the rain, the trail is mostly sand and rock with a few wood stairs. the falls, pool, and surrounding rock walls are really beautiful, definitely a must see.

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16 days ago

cool trail. short with good view of a water fall.

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16 days ago

great hike with great views. completed with wife and 3 kids. 14, 12, and 9. tough hike with lots of elevation changes.

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19 days ago

Great views from all 5 summits. Went counter clockwise and started with Mores Knob as recommended by others. We picked up the 5 summits challenge sheet from the visitors center, thinking we would get a free patch. Upon completion, we found out you have to pay for it, and that you can get it with or without the challenge sheet. Either way, the hike was a blast. Free fare, endorphins, fresh air, and good health. It was a perfect day for a hike.

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25 days ago

Great short walk to the falls and den.

on Five Peaks Hike

25 days ago

I've been wanting to do this trail for so long! first peak was Hanging Rock last peak was Moore's Knob -- excellent route. Would advise to do it in cooler weather.

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rocky
26 days ago

Started at Moore’s as other comments suggested and was glad I did. Lots of stairs, but that is the best view. We started about 9am on a Saturday and saw barley any people until we got closer to hanging rock. Took us about 6 hours, spending time at each overlook. A great day hike!

There are three back to back crossings at the start of the hike (near Dan River) where I could not avoid getting wet. (We've had a wet spring, and I imagine these crossings are usually dry.). Also crowded from Falls to Hanging Rock. (Beautiful Saturday.)

on Hanging Rock Trail

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1 month ago

Medium-heavy trafficked trail. Easy hike with a few steep sections. The trail itself is heavily beaten down. Views are definitely worth it.

The view at top is totally worth the hike. My 9 year old did great with a few breaks.

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rocky
1 month ago

I’m just getting into hiking, and I definitely had to stop a couple times to catch my breath on the way up, but that view at the top? Totally worth it! I could’ve stayed up there for hours. My husband and I are definitely gonna go back.

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1 month ago

Hiked 3-19-19. 45F when out there, which is nice. Always a great trail to hike. Always busy, especially at the top. All the steps to the peak are a challenge, even coming down. But there are lots of places to take a break if needed. The trail is wide, so plenty of room for everyone. The peak is completely open, so watch your footing, as there have been accidental falls from the peak with bad results. Will do again, but usually only about once a year, for the amazing view. I prefer less traveled trails. Don't pass this one up!

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1 month ago

Beautiful place to hike with a beautiful. The staff at the park were super sweet and helpful.

Kinda crowded even for a Monday but the views up on hanging rock are amazing! First .25 is paved and then it switches to gravel with some stairs along the way. The last mile up is mostly rock and steep but not too bad.

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1 month ago

Did this hike yesterday after weeks of precipitation and it was still in great shape! I took my dogs and they were fine, totally able to do all of the water crossings. This is a gem of a trail; you feel like you’re in a tropical forest while still being in your own backyard! We went in the late morning and saw only 2 other people on the trail. I wouldn’t rate the steepness of the trail as difficult, I’m guessing it’s gotten that rating because of all of the water crossings. The end gets your heart pumping but the rest of it is a nice stroll.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great spot to cool down during the summer.

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rocky
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike up to an amazing vista. Go earlier in the morning to avoid the heavy afternoon traffic on the trail, this hike is very popular with local Greek Life organisations. Trail IS dog friendly, but larger breeds may want to avoid as the ascent could be bad for hips and elbows in breeds prone to dysplasias. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and your camera/binoculars for a little retreat at the summit.

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1 month ago

The trail length is closer to about 10 miles. The Friends of Sauratown Mountain group is hosting a hiking event called High 5@Hanging Rock on Apr 6th 2019, following this route. Website with details and registration is www.high5athangingrock.com.

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1 month ago

Hanging Rock by Wolf Rock

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