Cook's Wall Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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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 number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

Hanging Rock State Park is located in Stokes County, 4 miles northwest of Danbury. The park entrance is on Moore's Spring Road SR 1001, which lies between NC 8/89 east of the park and NC 66 west of the park. Travel past park entrance. Continue on main park road for approximately 1.8 miles continuing straight at the intersection and heading into a parking area with access to restrooms, picnic grove and Chestnut Oak Nature Trail. Cook's Wall Trail begins on Chestnut Oak Nature Trail which may be accessed from this area. Take it along side the lake and follow it up to Wolf Rock Loop Trail. Take Wolf Rock Loop Trail a short distance where Cook's Wall Trail intersects from the right.

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22 hours ago

hiking
24 days ago

Thanks to a very helpful woman in the visitor center, I took a loop that included Hanging Rock Trail to Wolf Rock Trail to Cooks Wall Trail & backtrack to Magnolia trail to Moore’s loop trail to the parking lot. This was a beautiful trip that was about 6.5 miles and took me about 3 hours to complete. The trail type was very diverse, continuously changing from the paved uphill climb of Hanging Rock trail to a meandering packed earth walk through the woods to narrow, steep & uneven rocky climbs. If you are an intermediate to advanced hiker who enjoys hearing nothing other than the crunch of the leaves under your hiking boots and the sound of your own breath then you’ll LOVE this trail! I didn’t see one single person for over three hours (1st person spotted ~1/2 mile from parking lot), but I did get the joy of seeing a doe, a few squirrels and a couple of fat songbirds. I would not recommend this trail to a brand new hiker, or if doing several flights of stairs is difficult for you. It had an elevation climb of over 1000 ft. The trails were excellently marked, however I did find a couple of the signs confusing. Plan ahead and know the trail markers you are looking for and you will be fine. The views were spectacular, and I personally love that most of the trail is in the woods. With most of the leaves down definitely dress in layers, wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water & snacks. Also would recommend starting before lunch during the fall or winter to be sure to be off the trails before dark. HIGHLY RECOMMEND ⭐️

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

more strenuous than I expected. views were just ok in my opinion. quite a workout if you're outta shape.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

very secluded.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Nice trail, a bit uphill in the middle but overall not too tough. Great view from the wall, including a nice view of Pilot Mtn. Fewer people than other trails in the park. Lots of bird sightings, which was cool. Also hiked Wolf Rock today, and made a loop all the way back to the Visitor Center.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this during the 5 peaks challenge and this was on the way. You get a badge for it. It's 10.8 miles, I did more than 13 miles in 4hrs

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the park, it is not as crowded as Moore's Wall Loop or Hanging Rock Trail. The views may not be as spectacular, but nonetheless it is quite lovely and you can sit and watch the turkey vultures gliding on the air currents. They come quite close as they roost nearby. Early morning hikes are much quieter; you won't run into many people.

hiking
8 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

It was okay, not a lot of views but had a good hike.

hiking
11 months ago

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