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Hanging Rock Overlook Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Paint Bank, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 157 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Views

Wildlife

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This trail is quick and easy to follow with an astonishingly beautiful overlook. It is a bit out of the way, but easy to get to. The parking area is small, but there is enough room for 4-5 cars.

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Reviews (31)
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Mack Meller
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Hiking

What a great little hike to an outstanding overlook that I'd argue is an even better view than McAfee Knob. The trail is not marked but easy to follow and only takes about half an hour roundtrip (plus whatever time you spend at the overlook). The only difficult part, and I suspect the reason this trail isn't more heavily trafficked, is getting to the trailhead. The parking area is over 3 miles down Potts Mountain Road, which is quite washed out and rutty at times. If you take it slow and watch carefully for potholes you'll be fine (I made it in a Subaru Impreza), but be especially careful after recent rain and allow 15 minutes at the minimum to get to the trailhead from the junction with Route 311.

Nicole Rattenni
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Hiking

The walk down- great! The sights- INCREDIBLE! The walk back was tough for someone who’s out of shape.. lol.

Annie O'Neil
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Hiking

Nice small trail, went here by myself and felt safe. Potts Mountain Road has one small little bad patch right before you get to the trail, it was rather muddy, but definitely manageable. I drive a Ford Fiesta and was fine. The overlook is open and a wonderful view. Easy walk to the overlook.

Ashley Humphrey
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful views!! Make sure you drive a 4WD/AWD vehicle that you don’t care to get muddy. The “gravel” road is super muddy and I would honestly consider it more of a Jeep/ATV trail. But, the trail itself is pretty level and there was not any steep altitude changes. There is a slight decline going down to the overlook, but nothing crazy. I promise the views are beyond worth it! We had our 6 and 4 year old and they did great!

Steve Minnix
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HikingBlowdown

Great little trail with a beautiful view! There is a lot of blowdown, but nothing you can’t step right over. This is my first time and we plan to make this a regular because of the view. It was very cold today with about a 25 mile an hour wind on the rocks, so we didn’t hang out long. But this would be a great place to pack a snack or lunch and enjoy. Or dinner and enjoy the sunset!

Jacob Tolley
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HikingRocky
Brenna Pennell
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HikingOver grown

It was slightly overgrown, but totally worth the view at the end!

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Tristan Landreth
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Hiking

Make sure you have a vehicle that you’re not afraid to get dirty. It’s about 3 miles down a rough gravel road to get to the trail head. The trail isn’t maintained and doesn’t seem to have much traffic. But the view is 100% worth it definitely would hike again.

Caleb Shires
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Great hike for those with little kids, way overgrown on the way to the overlook though.

Sarah Wentz
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HikingBugsOver grown

This was a nice easy trail with a view that is well worth the distance (and more). Access: Don't get alarmed when you drive over 3 miles to get to the trail head/parking lot. When you get to the turn off the highway, you'll stick to the right. You'll know you're getting close when you see No Trespassing and entry to a driveway on the right. The trailhead is not far down on the left. When you pull in, you'll see a sign. I recommend parking in the clearing further back (to your left if the sign is on your right) to make sure you don't block other cars/get blocked in) and because it's closer to the trail head. Overgrowth: As another reviewer said, this trail definitely has some significant overgrowth. I recommend wearing pants as you'll be crossing through ferns and other greens on the ground. There's one or two older fallen trees, and a more recent one near the trail head. As long as you're used to following a trail, you shouldn't have any difficulty sticking to the trail- and the yellow markers are pretty frequent along the path. Incline/Rocks: This hike is pretty level, there's a sort of steep decline on the way to the rock, and then of course an incline when you're coming back, but otherwise the trail was remarkably level. There were some rocks, but it was not a rocky trail at all. The View: Is so worth it! You'll have to walk through some growth to get out on the rocks to get the view, but it's incredibly and definitely worth it!

Jon Rice
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HikingOver grown

The drive in is beautiful, but the trail is overgrown from lack of use. There is a fresh tree blocking the trail about 200 yds from the overlook. Unfortunately the overlook is overgrown as well. Not like the pictures I saw. But if you have a couple free hours the drive in and out is nice.

Aaron Plaugher
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Hiked on March 16, 2019. 35 degrees and windy! Beautiful view at the end.

Emily Hodges
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Hiking

It’s a nice trail, and really easy. The views are great, and it’s a nice place to set out and have a lunch.

April Koenig
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Nature trips

This trail is very close to our farm in southern WV. It is kid friendly, and my boys enjoy it every time we visit. It’s perfect for a quick break to reconnect with nature and get moving.

Campbell Carney
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I like this short trail because it gives you views that compare to McAfee’s but without the mileage. It makes it perfect to go to pre- or post-eating at The Swinging Bridge. Went on Saturday afternoon and it was beautiful and completely silent with the snow on the mountain. It is a bumpy ride getting there but with a little swerving you can get around big holes.

Scott Richards
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Hiking

I wish I could have spent some time enjoying the overlook but soon after getting there a thunderstorm moved in. By the time I hustled back to the truck I was soaked but this was still an incredible outing! No one else on the trail which was nice, there is a small area suitable to camp with a fire ring, would love to spend a day there hanging out.

Dakota Disher
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Hiking

Amazing hike!! About three miles off of route 311 down a dirt road with some pot holes. Parking area is small just a few cars would be able to fit. There’s a small rock fire ring and camp site not far down the trail from the trial head. Trail was easy to follow and opens up to some amazing views. Highly recommend for a quick trip if in the area.

Ken Knott
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Hiking

Terrific out of the way light and easy leg stretcher with a terrific overlook for a payoff. Trail is not heavily used and can be tricky to follow from time to time. Parking lot probably holds room for 4-5 vehicles. Great views West off Potts Mountain. Potts Mountain Road can be a bumpy ride from time to time but it's the out of the way feel that keeps the crowds way down!

Tony R.
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Rick Sparks
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Melissa Madison
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Juan Rosas
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Reed Carter
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Tony Smith
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Jacek Janik
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Sarah Clapham
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James Hettinger
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Cora Shelton
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