Cook's Wall Trail

MODERATE 20 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
869 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.

hiking
15 days 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
1 month 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
3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

An enjoyable out and back hike that includes two of the park's 'Five Peaks' (House Rock and Cook's Wall), with nice views from each. It is generally less crowded than some of the other trails in the park. You can take Magnolia Springs Trail to connect to Moore's Knob Loop.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nice trail, great views from House Rock and Cooks Wall, trail is moderately strenuous, very rocky, you'll spend a lot of time looking down, watching your step. It's really an out-and-back not a loop. Tom make it a loop would mean taking another, intersecting trail. The map shows it going to Moore's Knob... that's not accurate, you'd need to take a second trail and increase your distance significantly, to get there, by the time that was an option I was done for.Signage is pretty good. You reach the trail near the lake parking lot, behind the bath house next to the lake, trail is blazed with white diamonds. Have fun!

hiking
Thursday, October 29, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My wife, our dogs and I did this trail the last weekend of September. We started at the Visitor Center lot and took the Hanging Rock Trail to the Wolfe Rock Trail, then continued on to Cooks Wall. Nice moderate trail, about 5.8mi the way we combined trails. We loved the views and the dogs loved the walk. We got there around 9 on Sunday and it was kinda lean on people, coming back after lunch, it was starting to get busy. It is definitely on our do again list. We love Hanging Rock State Park and go 2 or 3 times a year.

hiking
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Your best option in the park to escape the crowds. Link up with the Moore's Knob trail via the Magnolia Springs trail for a good 7.5 mile day of hiking.

hiking
Saturday, August 02, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Lovely trail. It was pretty simple, but had beautiful views and was less crowded than Hanging Rock Trail. I'd recommend starting with Wolf Rock Trail and continuing on to this one. Gorgeous hike, especially in the fall!

hiking
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cook's Wall is a really nice hike in Hanging Rock State Park that takes you through woods and along a rocky wall with great views of Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain. It's more of an up and back than a loop trail as you pass House Rock going up and coming down. Climbers use the various wall outcroppings and raptors are plentiful. The up and back would be more like 3.5 miles total. Recommend this hike even just to go to House Rock for a family picnic - which has some of the best views on the hike.

hiking
Monday, April 22, 2013

Cook's Wall is located in the Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury, NC. Great scenic views from the top..in the distance you can see Pilot Mountain.

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2012

Great trail. Pilot Mtn. is a way under rated park. One of my favorite hiking spots when I visit NC. I hike there at least a couple times of year. There are also some nice places to rapel and climb.