Hollow Rock Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews

Hollow Rock Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Taylorsville, North Carolina that features a river 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.

3.1 miles
688 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running





wild flowers


Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area 3451 Rocky Face Church Road Hiddenite, NC 28636 From Interstate 40 in Iredell County, travel US 64 West approximately 14 miles. Turn right at stoplight on Millersville Road. Travel one-half mile to stop sign on NC 90 and turn left. Travel one-half mile and turn right on White Plains Rd. Travel to stop sign and turn right on Rocky Springs Road. Travel 1.4 miles and turn left on Rocky Face Church Road. Park is 1.2 miles on right. From Interstate 40 in Catawba County, travel NC 16 North toward Taylorsville and turn east onto US 64. Travel to stoplight at Millersville Road and turn left.Travel one-half mile to stop sign on NC 90 and turn left. Travel one-half mile and turn right on White Plains Rd. Travel to stop sign and turn right on Rocky Springs Road. Travel 1.4 miles and turn left on Rocky Face Church Road. Park is 1.2 miles on right. From NC 16 North in Wilkes County, travel NC 16 South toward Taylorsville and turn east onto US 64. (Follow directions above from Millersville Road) From US 64/NC 90 in Caldwell County. Travel east onto US 64. (Follow directions above from Millersville Road)

3 hours ago

Great beautiful park and trails.

24 days ago

Great trails. Excellent signage on trail. Different trails for different levels of hiking...you can make your hike easy or hard. Park is super cleans and very well maintained!!!

1 month ago

This is a great place with beautiful views & well worth our drive from Hickory! The Vertical Mile Trail will definitely kick your butt but it’s a good challenge! Coming back soon to hike the other trails we didn’t get to do.

1 month ago

This trail and the Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area are hidden jewels in Alexander County in the Vashti area. The Vertical Mile Challenge (VMC) is true to its name—a challenging 2.2 mile trail that uses some of the Hollow Trail paths. After 8 laps you’ve climbed 5,280 feet vertically. Best time to visit is late-September when the park lights up with bunches and bunches of tiny yellow flowers—very beautiful and surreal. Many other activities at the park too like rock climbing, nature trails, picnicking, ranger talks, and nature displays.

4 months ago

6 mile trail system. Got all of it hiked in 3 hours. Not too strenuous. A lot of zigging and zagging to the top. The most strenuous part was hiking up the rock face on the Vertical Mile Trail. Some nice views of the Brushy Mountains and surrounding foothills from different sides of the mountain.

5 months ago

Great place for beginners! The people are very helpful and friendly there. Perfect for a fun, easy, and quick hike

5 months ago

This is a great place to hike , just took my time and enjoyed the day . Has some nice views . I will definitely come back .

5 months ago

Walked the trail on misty Sunday afternoon and loved it. There are several variations of trails ranging from daring to moderate and the park attendant at the office was most helpful in helping us select one that was appropriate for us. We started out with some rock face and progressed to nice mountain trail with what I would assume would be beautiful views. Since it was so misty we could only see about 100 feet but the hike was good. The autumn colors on the way down were magnificent. We found several of the GeoCaches along the trail.

7 months ago

Great trail. Rock climbing was good. Definitely will be back.

8 months ago

Good beginner trail.

9 months ago

I did this with my 11 year old daughter and we found it relatively easy... but definitely fun and one we would do again!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

While site lists it as wheelchair friendly, this trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or any wheeled vehicles. total waste of time to drive 1+ hour up there to find it was unusable. first use of this site was a total bust. :((

Monday, April 17, 2017

great variety of different loops! The Vertical Mile Challenge lives up to its name!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

great views had a awsome time.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Great place for a short hike. The bald rock face the park is named for has a great view, and depending on the direction you choose on the trail, can be a good indurance training spot.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Deceptively good hike

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Good trails, don't take google maps to it, you will end up at someone's driveway. Take google maps to Rocky Face park, this is a trail in that park.

Trails are clean and nice, but not the most scenic in the area.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It was a fun trail. I would have gone up the rock part instead of down. It rained on us the entire time.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Beautiful views. Clean trail.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

I enjoyed this trail with its great views, running creeks and plentiful geocaches along the way.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

This trail is part of the Rocky Face Recreational Area so there are a few trails with great views and a quarry face that is used by climbers. We combined a few trails to give us a 4.5 mile figure 8 loop. Trails were well maintained and marked. The park ranger was very friendly and invited us into his office to see a few small animals he has there. We will definitely go back for a hike and then a picnic at tables where you can watch the climbers. Link is to the park website for hours and trail maps etc.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

great place for families and pets.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Good views and nice wilderness feel to it.. Actually a pretty easy hike.. Very fun!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Good well marked trail. I took my 3 yr old daughter and we hiked the whole trail. Nice way to spend a few hours

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Can easily combine trails for 5 to 6 mile hike.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

took the dog here for a walk. I would recommend for beginners and people getting into hiking. Easy gradient and we'll marked trails with picnic benches along the way to enjoy views and take breaks

Monday, December 31, 2012

This trail is part of a 4.5 mile trail at the fairly new Rocky Face Mountain Park .
These trails are very well marked , and laid out as well , and I would highly recommend it . Go on a clear day , and the views are awesome ! There is a fair amount of uphill climbing , of course , but not overwhelming by any means .
We completed the 3 trails , 4.5 mile total , in 1.5 hours . Rockclimbing is also an option .

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