Dan River to Hanging Rock via Indian Creek Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Dan River to Hanging Rock via Indian Creek Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dan River Shores, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

10.5 miles
1886 feet
Out & Back



nature trips





wild flowers

Long hot hike up the Indian Creek Trail from Dan River in Hanging Rock State Park. It's just under 4 miles up to the Hanging Rock Visitor Center parking lot, then a short, steep climb to Hanging Rock along the Hanging Rock Trail. The first two miles of Indian Creek Trail from the Dan River to the road leading into the park climb gently through thick forest -- nice hiking if you get an early start. The climb up to the water falls and then the visitor center parking lot is brutal in places, but you can take breaks and cool off at the falls.  View from Hanging Rock is awesome.

4 months 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!

4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

7 months ago

My husband and I recently became addicted to backpacking. We LOVED this trail! We went within hours of rain ending so the streams were a little tougher to cross but still incredible. The views are incredible and this was by far the most gorgeous trail we've hiked yet. It does get a little crowded as you get closer to Hanging Rock but that didn't damper the rating to us. We'll definitely be back!

Monday, May 25, 2015