Hanging Rock Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Danbury, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.4 miElevation gain603 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestPartially pavedViewsWildlifeMuddyRockyScramble
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Challenging enough to feel accomplished but still do-able. Well worth the beautiful views at the top. Very heavy traffic, be prepared.

Parking lot and visitor center.

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

Directions from Danbury, NC: 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 turning left into a picnic area and parking lot. Begin on the wide descending trail.

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Reyna R. Tapia
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HikingGreat!

A nice trail for someone getting back into hiking. not the hardest but you do sweat a little once you get to the steps. Nice views once you get to the top bit alot of people there on the weekend.

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Francine Singson
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Really fun trail! I especially loved the final stretch where you are climbing rocks to get up to the top. I struggled going up some hills, but that’s more on me (probably shouldn’t have done a long hike the day before), but overall it’s a must see view.

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Josie Sianez
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Long but worth it!

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Emmaleigh D
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Lots of rocks on the way up but worth it for the view. There are trail markers but almost went down the wrong way leaving so watch for the markers. Made it to the top around noon and wasn't busy but groups started showing up so best to get there early. We even saw a deer near the beginning!

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Tara Cribbs
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Hiking

We did the more difficult trail. There are steep inclines, lots of stairs and rocks. It is a challenge and can get pretty busy at times. The views are AMAZING !

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Nathan Hunt
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Not too shabby! Could use a bit of work, but I had a blast running it!

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Crystal Luffman
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I hated it.

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Lauren Whitley
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Hiking

Great views from the top. The trail can be a bit steep at points but would still recommend as dog friendly.

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Sherri Thacker
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HikingGreat!

Hanging Rock State Park is a great place to hike. It has many different trails. Some are strenuous, some are easy and some are moderate. The hanging rock trail is marked moderate but I found it to be more strenuous in spots. Lots of stairs to climb up and some are rather steep. Then there’s the many rocks to climb up and around and those can be tough. The climb to the top is definitely worth it and it was about 1.3 miles one way and then you have to come back down. We got there around 10 am on a weekday and by 1 pm, it was a lot more crowded. Lots of big rocks at the top to take great pics. We also hiked to Upper Cascades Falls which was about 1/4 mile hike and more flat. A lot of it was gravel rock but dog did fine. A beautiful waterfall at the end. I want to go back and see even more this park has to offer. There are many waterfalls all around to see and we only saw 1.

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Dana Kalnins
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Blair Kephart
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Hiking

Totally worth the stairs! The view was INSANE!!

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David Cepik
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Awesome hike. Can’t wait to do it again.

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Taylor Carr
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Very good, enjoyed the hike a lot and the view at the top.

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Jonathan Szopinski
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. It is heavily traffic, we got to the park around 9 and it wasn’t super busy, by 1130 the parking lot was pretty much full

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Sarah Szopinski
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Hiking

Nice trail with incredible views at the end. It is very busy but worth it. Check your GPS route because ours took us the wrong way. Visitor center is still closed but there are port a potties

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Amanda Ferster
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Amanda Pettenati
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Liz Palermo
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Scott Zeck
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Kevin Robinson
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Hiking

Great adventure through Hanging Rock, connected the pinnacle with Wolf Rock and the upper parking area. Lots of recent storm damage present across multiple trails.

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G Was
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Rommy Kotka
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Awesome views

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Chris Johnson
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HikingGreat!

Mostly an open trail but slightly challenging as it is uphill most of the way going out. Steep rock steps near the top are more strenuous but do-able. Nice cruise on the way back in. Weather was overcast but still a nice view. Note: visitors center and restrooms are closed and under construction right now.

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Whitney Morton-Getz
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Jeffrey Potter
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Pretty steep, but rewarding. Had a blast, our German Shepherd enjoyed it

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Karen Richardson
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Beautiful day!

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Mia Conde
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Trail doesn’t open until 7 we tried to catch the sunset only to find the gate locked :(! We arrived right when they opened and the trail was empty. Such a gorgeous view and a well maintained trail. Going up and down was a breeze. Was so happy to pass all the traffic so early! The rock was empty. On the hike down there was dozens of others hiking up. Go early!!! Skip the people!

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wendy davis
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