Hanging Rock Trail

MODERATE 151 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
659 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

Hanging Rock Trail is a 1.3 mile trail (one-way), 2.6 mile (out-and-back). Very well-traveled. If you're not concerned with crowds, this is a good hike.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

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

9 days 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.

11 days ago

17 days ago

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23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Great afternoon walk for a great view.

hiking
24 days ago

I'm sure I'd label this as kid friendly or even moderate, it's an amazing hike!

hiking
28 days ago

Fun for the whole family... Even the fur baby's...

hiking
28 days ago

This trail is easy to navigate, just bring your water! If quiet is what you seek, Early mornings are best, because this trail gets crowded fast. I went on Easter Sunday, which was actually not busy at all. The Steep hills will give your mind and your body a workout! A beginner could totally complete this trail. Bring a journal, because the top has some beautiful rock formation, and delightful views that will inspire you! Depending on your cell phone service provider, be prepared- you may have little to no service for much of the time on the trails. Cheers to the journey!

hiking
28 days ago

This trail is easy to navigate, just bring your water! If quiet is what you seek, Early mornings are best, because this trail gets crowded fast. I went on Easter Sunday, which was actually not busy at all. The Steep hills will give your mind and your body a workout! A beginner could totally complete this trail. Bring a journal, because the top has some beautiful rock formation, and delightful views that will inspire you! Depending on your cell phone service provider, be prepared- you may have little to no service for much of the time on the trails. Cheers to the journey!

hiking
1 month ago

I only take this trail in the early mornings if there are few cars in the visitor lot. Otherwise, it is way too crowded for my taste. I've seen all kinds of people on this trail, which is tricky because the first part is paved, then it becomes gravel, and then levels out to dirt. But then come the stairs and the quicker elevation; this is what fools people, and they often stop along the way, out of breath and wondering "how much further" and "are we almost there?" For those accustomed to hiking, it's a nice trail and the views are inspiring, if there are not a lot of people at the summit. My recent experience was wonderful; I had the summit all to myself for about 45 minutes... early morning on a Monday, on a day that was supposed to be rainy but wasn't. On my way down, a met a lone male hiker who told me he'd just had a black bear cross the trail in front of him! First bear sighting of the season at the park, I was later told by a ranger.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Amazing views

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most spectacular views. The hike is hard due to the quick elevation however don't give up, the summit is so worth it--⛰

2 months ago

2 months ago

Short and sweet. Great for beginners. Great view.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago