Looking for a great trail in Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, 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 13 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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7 days ago

Aggressive trail for a day hike, the view was outstanding! Busy trail, felt like we were waiting to summit Everest. LOL

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7 days ago

Love this hike! We completed it several years ago but only did part today. The views are always wonderful and if you start st Hanging Rock Trail, you can avoid most of the crowds.

I've been to Hanging Rock many times and have never done this trail. It's an easy 3ish miles, with a nice overlook at Wolf Rock. Not the best views in the park, but I didn't see anyone else on the trail on a busy day. And the overlook is a great place to stop for a bit.

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19 days ago

It rained on me for a couple hours when I was out here (forecast was only 20%) and I was in the clouds when I made it to the top. Didn't get to do everything I planned on...gonna have to come out another time. Hiked at Pilot Mtn State Park the next day. Hanging Rock was definitely the better of the two.

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rocky
19 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!

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25 days ago

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

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rocky
26 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.

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27 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
27 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

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29 days ago

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

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rocky
1 month 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!

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1 month 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

upper falls trail

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rocky
1 month 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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1 month ago

Probably should have done this hike BEFORE the Upper Falls trail, because I was a little underwhelmed with the view of the waterfall. The cave was cool, my kids enjoyed it

Easy in and out. Loved playing in the shallow pool with my son. And the rock garden at the start of the trail is pretty cool too!

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

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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!!

easy and beautiful

Bit a rocky uphill buy also a great workout!

Easy walk to a beautiful little waterfall. I liked that it had handicap access.

on Hanging Rock Trail

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rocky
2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

This hike was a combination of Tory's Den, the new Ruben Mountain and Wolf Rock. Total 12.6 miles stating at the information center for Hanging Rock. The trail has medium elevation changes and some level sections.

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