Hollow Rock Trail

MODERATE 62 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.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
688 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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)

rock climbing
1 month ago

Such an awesome location. Tons of trails, fantastic sport and top-rope climbing for all levels, fire-pits, picnic areas and more. Solid anchors and bolts, plenty of routes, and well maintained. Plenty of parking, clean restrooms and easy to get to. Great for a day out, highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful spot! Had a lot of fun with the kids. Age 9,10 and 12. Easy to follow trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up the mountain twice in order to do the entire trail system. First, went up the Hollow Rock Trail to a nice view looking north and west at the Brushy Mtns. You can actually see the profile of Grandfather Mtn in the distance. Took the Prison Camp Trail down. 2nd time up, I hiked the rock face on the Vertical Mile Challenge to a good view looking south. Took the Grindstone Trail down. There are a few overlooks with views in different directions. Just a nice park, overall.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail yesterday. very well marked, clean, and light traffic. I would say it's definitely a moderate level trail. Just get ready for a climb and pace yourself. The climb is worth the breathtaking views! As always take water, protein snack and appropriate shoes.

2 months ago

Family hike w/ 9 and 7 yr olds. Went up the vertical mile challenge, grindstone and flat rock trails. We preferred starting up the vertical mile challenge trail and coming down the flat top trail..

The balds offer terrific views.

2 months ago

Great beautiful park and trails.

hiking
3 months 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!!!

3 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

6 mile trail system. Pretty easy. A lot of zigging and zagging to the top. The most strenuous part was hiking up the rock face on the Vertical Mile Trail. Nice views of the Brushy Mountains and surrounding foothills from different sides of the mountain.

7 months ago

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

8 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 .

hiking
8 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Good beginner trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

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

hiking
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!

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

great views had a awsome time.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Thursday, December 31, 2015

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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

hiking
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

hiking
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Can easily combine trails for 5 to 6 mile hike.

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