Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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
1 day 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
2 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.

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
13 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!

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.

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

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

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.

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 !

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.

Did this hike today, took the long way up (not the stairs), it was a hard hike for me, but was very enjoyable and got a good work out. Once we got up there it poured down raining and wasn't able to see view. I would do this again.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike, mostly shaded and not too steep. Great cardio with lots of stairs, could be difficult for some. The views from the lookout is also very nice. Great family outing.

hiking
3 months ago

I just this two days ago. I did about 13 miles. I started at Window and Hidden Falls then over to Hanging Rock (about the only place I saw people but wasn't many). Then made my way over to Wolf Rock, House Rock, then to Cooks Wall then back to House Rock and took the Magnolia Springs Trail North until I hit Moores Wall up to Moores Knob then headed down all the stairs towards Upper Cascade Falls to the parking lot where I then drove to the Lower Cascade Falls. I'll just sum the day up as absolutely beautiful and definitely worth every bit of it. Definitely worked on my legs. And all of the mountains had beautiful sights with Moores Knob as the best the Hanging Rock a very close second. I enjoyed it so much I will be back to do it again. Definitely bring water and good shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Very good hike. 600 steps in the beginning trail as I left counterclockwise. 300 steps up hanging rock...all of the peaks were lightly traveled except hanging rock. Packed. A kid apparently fell two weeks before my hike. There must have been 60 people on hanging rock when I got there.

Water was up for the falls. The rock was crowded. It is a moderate hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Not hard. It was a good place to see hanging rock.

We completed this hike yesterday. We went clockwise leaving Moore’s knob until last. That’s a difficult climb to end with but I didn’t feel like heading up a mile of steps at the beginning. Next time we will try counterclockwise, starting at Moore’s knob. It was very beautiful and satisfying to complete. Not much traffic except around hanging rock. Fantastic views. Take plenty of water. My son who has had four heart surgeries managed this without difficulty, so not too bad at all. Great day hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice views of hanging rock and Flat Shoals

hiking
4 months ago

I wouldn’t exactly say this is “hard”; my 11 and 13 year old kids did it without a problem. Gets the blood flowing and the heart pumping for sure, though. The view at the top is 360° of beauty. Do it! So worth it!!

did this with my friends and we really enjoyed it. not too hard, perfect hike for those who aren’t necessarily extremely athletic.

I also reccomend doing Moore's Nob first (counterclockwise). I started with Hanging Rock first, met a busload of 3rd graders coming down the trail and an additional 15 or so at the top. Maybe that'll thin-out if you do it last. Its definitely an easier finishing segment. I did the entire loop and the map shows about 10 miles, my phone shows closer to 11. Eating lunch, sightseeing, little more than 5 hours.

hiking
5 months ago

Not hard, per se, but a sure heart-pumper if you take the loop trail first and finish with the direct descent back to the parking area. Definitely worth the payoff view at the top.

Loved this trail! Super rocky on the way up... a fun challenge! Great view at the top!

I would recommend doing Moore’s knob first for sure. Because it’s a loop there you can take that either clockwise or counterclockwise as well. Counterclockwise has a ton of steps first and more of a sloping path down which I prefer but my group didn’t. Out of five of us only two made it the whole way and if you park by hanging rock so you end near your car is a great idea. If you do this and walk to the trail head of Moore’s knob it ended up being a little over 13 miles on my gps watch

Great cardio, very light traffic on the trail even on a weekend. The parking lot, picnic area and lake was packed but this trail was quite. Incredible views at the top

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