Hanging Rock Trail

MODERATE 217 reviews
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Hanging Rock Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Danbury, North Carolina that features a waterfall 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
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
593 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

Challenging enough to feel accomplished but still do-able. Well worth the beautiful views at the top. Very heavy traffic, be prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

Just went yesterday (jan 4th). Pretty cold and windy so there was not many other people out. The hike is nice and the view from the peak is awesome. If you are going another great thing to check out is cascade falls which is only 0.3miles from the visitor center and is even handy-cap assessable. The falls are really pretty and are frozen right now.

1 month ago

Pleasantly surprised! The view from the top was much better than expected. We went in mid December and there wasn’t anyone else on the trail. I’m sure really pretty when all the leaves and foliage come back.

2 months ago

Beautiful view from the top, especially during autumn foliage. Lots of stairs but totally worth it when you finally reach the top!

2 months ago

the view was incredible and while at the top a young couple asked me to take their picture, while I was taking the picture the young man got down on his knee and asked her to marry him!!!!! it was a beautiful experience!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great climb! Great views! LOTS of people.

hiking
4 months ago

Decent trail, nice views, made so most anyone can make it to the top. Very busy.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome. There was an amazing view at the top.

4 months ago

Moderately difficult hike with an incredible payoff. A little busy for my taste, but a good challenge, nice distance, and a beautiful scene once you get to the Hanging Rock vista.

hiking
5 months ago

As a former regular hiker starting over, this was a great trail to complete as a beginner. Challenging enough to feel accomplished but still do-able. Well worth the beautiful views at the top. Very heavy traffic, be prepared for a lack of trail etiquette.

hiking
5 months ago

Not a hike to be underestimated. if you're like me and you hike/walk quickly you'll definitely be sweaty at the top (depending on the season). I've made it to the top and back in 40 minutes so it's not too bad. There will be plenty of people at the top so don't expect to have a nice quiet view, you'll get nothing but conversation and kids crying. Truthfully I'd love this hike if it weren't for the obnoxiousness of other patrons at the park.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome views. A lot of foot traffic but I'm guessing because it was a holiday

5 months ago

Nice trail. Get there early, like I did, and you'll have the cliffs to yourself. Rated as moderate, but I thought it was more strenuous than that. Great views. There are lots of meandering trails up top, so I found it a little trying to find the right way down the mountain.

hiking
6 months ago

This place was awesome. My wife and I did that today and had a blast.

hiking
6 months ago

Moderately difficult hike, lots of stairs for the knees but beautiful views and scenery. The top is well worth the energy.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely stunning views and sunset

7 months ago

Well worth the treat, but the stone steps were a killer in 85 degree temps.

hiking
7 months ago

I took my mom here for one of her first "moderate" hikes and she did pretty well but definitely made a few stops going up hill. The amount of trash left behind by people in this park is insane though. It's a free park, so if you care enough please bring a trash bag along and help clean up!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful mountain views. Moderately hard trail/incline. Gorgeous, FREE park. Enjoyed very much and highly recommend.

8 months ago

while it is a bit short the elevation+the view make up for it. Overall one of the better trails in NC and the first one we hiked using this app.

hiking
8 months ago

Great afternoon walk for a great view.

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