Wolf Rock Loop Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Wolf Rock Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile loop 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, nature trips, and birding 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
505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wildlife

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. After passing the park entrance turn right and follow the main park road for approximately 1.8 miles turning left into a picnic area and parking lot. Begin on the wide descending Hanging Rock Trail. At about .3 mile Wolf Rock Loop Trail begins.

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26 days ago

Thanks to a very helpful woman in the visitor center, I took a loop that included Hanging Rock Trail to Wolf Rock Trail to Cooks Wall Trail to the end, and then backtracked to Magnolia trail to Moore’s loop trail to the parking lot. This was a beautiful trip that was about 6.5 miles and took me about 3 hours to complete. The trail type was very diverse, continuously changing from the paved uphill climb of Hanging Rock trail to a meandering packed earth walk through the woods to narrow, steep and uneven rocky climbs. If you are an intermediate to advanced hiker who enjoys hearing nothing other than the crunch of the leaves under your hiking boots and the sound of your own breath then you’ll LOVE this trail! I didn’t see one single person for over three hours (1st person spotted ~1/2 mile from parking lot), but I did get the joy of seeing a doe, a few squirrels and a couple of fat songbirds. I would not recommend this trail to a brand new hiker, or if doing several flights of stairs is difficult for you. It had an elevation climb of over 1000 ft. The trails were excellently marked, however I did find a couple of the signs confusing. Plan ahead and know the trail markers you are looking for and you will be fine. The views were spectacular, and I personally love that most of the trail is in the woods. With most of the leaves down definitely dress in layers, wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water and snacks. Also would recommend starting before lunch during the fall or winter to be sure to be off the trails before dark. HIGHLY RECOMMEND ⭐️

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1 month ago

Did this as a loop with cooks wall, very secluded and private. The leaves looked great.

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6 months ago

Did this during the 5 peaks challenge and this was on the way. You get a badge for it. It's 10.8 miles, I did more than 13 miles in 4hrs

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

A nice way to connect Hanging Rock and Moore's Knob into one big loop. Also a must if you are trying to complete the park's 'Five Peaks.'

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Wolf Rock Trail is really a connector trail between the Hanging Rock Trail and the Cook's Wall Trail and you start at the Hanging Rock Trail and take a right half way up toward Wolf Rock and then go down the Chestnut Oak Nature Trail. You could also hike up to it from the parking lot along the Chestnut Oak Nature Trail, then down the Magnolia Springs trail and take a right at the stream at the bottom to take you back to the parking lot and make another loop trail. Most of the trail is wooded with some exposed views near Wolf Rock but there are better viewing spots along other trails at Hanging Rock State Park. A good connector, but not enough bang for your buck to hike it by itself. Note there seem to be duplicate entries for this trail.

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