Indian Creek Trail

HARD 33 reviews
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Indian Creek Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moores Springs, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles
1200 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


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. Park at the rear of the lot near the picnic tables and restrooms. The trail begins there.

1 month ago

This trail starts out with a lot of people but just after reaching the falls in .08 miles the trail becomes lightly trafficked. There are many creek crossings that are easy to cross with pleasant views and sounds of flowing water. There are only a couple spots where the land opens up for distant viewing and this trail only has about 1,700 feet in total elevation gain. The one downside about this trail is that it follows the road for the first few miles and you can hear cars and there are even spots where you can see houses.

7 months ago

First time on this trail. Very enjoyable, and I saw nobody after I passed the falls.
I was there on an 89-degree day, but because the hike is almost entirely under the trees in a dense forest. it was not hot and doable.

8 months ago

This was a wonderful trail. Most of the time you were walking right beside the creek and the path wound among blooming rhododendrons. We brought a second pair of shoes (water shoes) that we did not need. We could "tip-toe" across each water crossing without getting anything other than the bottom of our shoes wet. We only saw 2 other hikers on the way down and maybe 20 more on the way back up to the Visitor Center (until the falls which are close to the top - lots of people there).

9 months ago

Early mornings are wonderful on this trail; I've seen lots of wildlife and birds while enjoying the serenity of the trail and the gurgling of the creek. There are creek crossings in the lower half, so make sure you have waterproof boots, especially if the area has had a lot of rainfall. A very pleasant experience if done early in the day or in the winter.

Friday, December 30, 2016

beautiful Trail waterfalls rock formations not that tough until you get to the bottom of the waterfalls from there to the park office is straight up but it's a trail I highly recommend

Saturday, October 15, 2016

This is a beautiful trail that takes you from the Dan River up the mountain to the visitor center parking area. It crosses the creek in several places and passes Window and Hidden Falls closer to the top. I want to do it again when the rhododendron are blooming!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This was a good challenging hike for me. Loved seeing 2 waterfalls. The old barn is at about 3miles in after you cross the road. I added the river bluff loop that's at the end of Indian Creek trail on the Dan River.
-Indian Creek Trail(Part of the Moutains to Sea Trail system) (Hidden Falls and Window Falls)
-Riverbluff Trail Loop - 1.3 miles
**Total Miles 8.6

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A good workout!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

There are several creek crossings, the water was high the day I went. I ended up crossing barefoot a few times to keep from soaking my boots. I saw turkeys, a green snake and an alligator turtle. Great fun, except the stairs. Two great waterfalls along the way and plenty to see.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

This trail is rated difficult, but this is for area near the waterfalls, which is steep, and usually crowded with people just there to take in the falls. Other portions are rated as moderate. The trail starts by the Dan River, with a parking area and boat launch. (See park map.) The trail travels through rhododendrons and other shrubs along the creek. There are several creek crossings and interesting rock faces. You should be prepared to get boots wet if water is high. These crossings can also be slippery. Once past the creek, the trail climbs on a mostly dirt track and you'll cross the camp road after the ruins of an old barn. Shortly thereafter, it gets steeps with rock steps and some short difficult sections. Once past the falls and the crowds, the trail is a gradual climb to the main parking lot at the park. Would rate 5 stars were it not for the crowds at the falls.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beautiful and strenuous. There are slot of stairs and tree roots in the ground so I would suggest it is bad for younger kids but great for dogs. Saw some wildlife. There are several small streams and creeks, as well as a waterfall. You also end this trail at a river. I completed it in 3.75 hour with a 10 min lunch break. Great trail. I would say that the average hiker could do this in 4-5 hours. It gets humid so I would hit the trail by 10-10:30 latest.

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