Explore the most popular hiking trails near Danbury with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice easy hike for an afternoon outing. Stairs can be a little slick at the bottom.

Great trail. Spectacular view.

From benign to intense. A must hike.

Great trail, view is amazing, but a little too short for my taste.

Wonderful views. Can't wait to go back. Go early to beat some of the crowd!!

Good hike through the woods. I combined this trail with the Cook's Wall Trail for more mileage. Great views all around!

Great short hike with the upper cascades making it worthwhile. You can just view the cascades or get in the creek and play.

The Rock Garden Trail is a neat sensory type trail. Great paved surface!

A great hike with several options to lengthen it if wanted. Hanging Rock Trail makes it all worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

An excellent hike with plenty of elevation change and challenge. One of the best hikes in the park. The lookout tower is unbelievable. Views in every direction for MILES! That was excellent.

hiking
7 days ago

The best trail in the park in my opinion. The day I hiked it was super foggy/rainy so views from the summit were zero. The fog up there made it feel like being in a cloud, so it was still very neat.

hiking
7 days ago

This hike was fun and challenging with great views. We got to the parking lot around 8 or so and it was almost empty. Note, the bathrooms don't open til 9 I think, so you have to hike down into the picnic area to find some unlocked bathrooms at the start. We hiked counterclockwise, with Hanging Rock first and Moore's Knob last. There were probably 10 or so other people at Hanging Rock when we got there, so not too bad. Best views were from Moore's Knob but it was hot and buggy by the time we got there. The whole thing took us about 5-5.5 hours with ample time stopping at the overlooks. It got toasty and much more crowded towards the end. I didn't think the Cook's Wall portion added much to the experience and the trail was overgrown. I also didn't really enjoy the last mile or so by the lake and parking lots -- not a very fun way to end the hike! It's definitely more than 9.5 miles; more like 10.8 or even longer.

Amazing view and enjoyable hiking..

hiking
12 days ago

came here on my first trip to North Carolina. was an amazing hike and well worth the drive

Love the short strenuous like hike to a beautiful overlook!! The dog did really well too! Bring water!

Fun and easy with a beautiful view. Would love to go back in the fall and see all the trees.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice shady trail. Does have lots of roots and rocks on the path that could make you howl if you don't watch your step!

Amazing views!!! We had a lot of fun exploring the different trail options. Be sure to check out the waterfalls!

Nice short hike with a great payoff at the end. Most of the path is just gravel through woods. Wooden platform overlook and stairs down to the base of the waterfall. Small area to walk around in the water. Perfect for small kids too.

Very smooth trail for beginners

hiking
1 month ago

Not too long of a hike, but gets steep and challenging right at the top. BEAUTIFUL views from multiple lookout points - and great photo opportunities at hanging rock!

hiking
1 month ago

The value/difficulty of this trail depends on which route you take and your physical condition. An average person should find this quite doable, but not easy. It’s not technical, just a lot of elevation change.

Coming from the lake parking lot, if you take the route to the right (shorter by 0.7 miles) its all stone steps and constant climbing for 1.8 miles to the summit. A helluva workout, wider trail, but no real payoff until you reach the top.

Alternatively, take the longer route (2.5 miles to the top) to the left and its a much more enjoyable hike. Yes, it still has some climb to get you to the top, but no stairs until the last 50yds. Kids would have more fun going this way, too. Certainly an easier route. You will encounter multiple rock outcroppings and great vistas (slightly off trail) of the north and northwest, even grabbing a view of the Sauratowns and Pilot Mountain. Moving at a pretty leisurely pace, you can reach the summit in just over an hour or so.

Coming back down, you will have to decide to retrace your steps, or take the other part of the trail you didn’t come up. Watch your step on the stone steps...loose gravel can catch you off guard.

hiking
1 month ago

very good trail, I made the mistake of having to many drinks the night before and it made the trail a little bit tougher

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1 month ago

Not worth the hike. It has stairs which makes it harder, but I don’t believe the views make up for the intense hike.

The views at the top were gorgeous, and it was a good workout..but very crowded, loud and lots of trash! I would only go back very early in the morning or maybe in the fall/winter months.

I'm a novice but this trail was tough but it taught me how to tough it out and finish even though the elevation and steps were a little tough. can't wait to tackle another one.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice trail but ALWAYS busy. Very steep stair-step type of climb for a long stretch with nice views at the top.

This park was very clean and well organized. The staff were friendly, and the people on the trails were pleasant. There were all sorts of different kinds of people, and it made nice for hiking alone. As for the terrain, I wouldn’t go if you want to just stroll through the woods. There were many handmade stairs and many rocks, and to get up to hanging rock was crazy! I died three times, but when i got to the top it was all worth it. You can hike barefoot for about half the trail if you would like, which i did, and it was comfortable and made for a better grip on the rocks. (At your own risk) the waterfalls weren’t as big as i would have thought but nice to hear the running water down the rocks, but since it was so busy it wasn’t as rewarding due to people being there. I did go on a weekend so that had something to do with it I’m sure. All in all, i enjoyed myself and got an awesome workout. The best things is i got to reflect and appreciate gods creation.

on Moores Knob Trail

1 month ago

Love it! Go several times per year. Not easy but not too hard. Good cardio hike. The view is so worth it !

It was okay the trail had some good views and very crowed I would recommend the trail still

I have a 10 and 12 year old, and we hiked to the Wolf Rock via the main Hanging Rock Trail. It’s well labeled with a blue triangle. We enjoyed the hike. The kids have only done moderate and easy trails and did just fine. We only saw one other group going back toward Hanging Rock trail. The trail is set well, but sharp rocks stick out of the ground sideways, so it was hard to keep our eyes up to enjoy the beauty: a rhododendron hell (they were in bloom), and the beauty of thick forested mountain side. We will be back to finish the trail now that we have a more accurate map via this app.

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