Hanging Rock Trail

Stokes County, North Carolina

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain826ft
Trailhead Elevation1,705ft
Top2,139ft
Elevation Min/Max1618/2139ft
Elevation Start/End1705/1705ft

Hanging Rock Trail

Hanging Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Stokes County, North Carolina. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 1,705 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 826 feet. The Visitor Center Parking Lot parking is near the trailhead. There are also bicycle parking and drinking water. This trail connects with the following: Wolf Rock Trail and Hanging Rock Trail.

Hanging Rock Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is one of the easternmost points where you’ll find such a plethora of alpine entertainment: rhododendron, mountain laurel, galax, azaleas, and a variety of ferns, among others. The closer you get to the summit, the more montane this trail becomes. The last few hundred feet are spent scrambling up Hanging Rock’s craggy, bare quartzite top."

"Easily accessible from Piedmont cities, Hanging Rock State Park is an eyeful for flatland-weary hikers. The small collection of summits clusters together, forming a high bowl around a pristine lake. The peaks of Hanging Rock, Moore’s Knob, and Cook’s Wall jut up to 2,500 feet, highest of the Sauratown Mountains.

From the rural area around the park, at 800 feet in elevation, the summits soar remarkably. The rocky cliffs have made this a regionally significant rock climbing hot spot that got its start in the 1950s. Below the peaks, the park contains an amazing number of waterfalls (most with relatively recent trail improvements). Descriptions of the following trails are included: Cooks and Moore's Wall Trails and Hanging Rock."

"On an October weekend, when the western Piedmont is ablaze in color, fall-leaf peepers flock to Hanging Rock State Park for its aerial advantage. One of three surviving “peaks” from the ancient Sauratown Range—Pilot Mountain and Sauratown Mountain, which is mostly privately owned, are the others—Hanging Rock towers 800 feet above the surrounding countryside.

On a crisp fall day, you can see the reds, yellows, and oranges of autumn pop from Virginia to Winston-Salem, from the Blue Ridge to Greensboro. And, work begins as you gain nearly 800 vertical feet no surprise, you will not be alone. over the next 2 miles. Once atop the wall, there’s You will not be alone, that is, if you make a saddle or two as the trail takes in pine and rock the pilgrimage up to Hanging Rock. outcrops. At the end of the wall, the trail Ts."

"This busy out-and-back hike leads to a Triad landmark and lends its name to the state park it overlooks. From the park visitor center the hike climbs through woods to a rocky ridgeline, where pines and boulders form a scenic crest. From here daring hikers can walk out to the rock protrusion extending into the sky, where grand vistas open before them.

The parking area has an overlook of Hanging Rock, a little
ways down from the trailhead. You may want to view your goal. The trail to the promontory was once eroded and abused. But like most all the paths at Hanging Rock State Park, it has been reconstructed using a combination of materials and techniques designed to allow visitors to explore the landscape yet keep the resource preserved for future generations."

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6/3/2010
I really love this park and this trail. It takes you to the top of a mountain amoung hills. The veiws from the top seem limitless. It is a steep trail around one side so it is not for everyone. But for those who love a good peacful hike, this will cut down on the traffic. Early morning and late afternoon are the best. If you are camping in the park the sunset from the top of Moores Wall will take you breath away.
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11/8/2009
Good day hike! Great view from the tower of course!
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8/3/2008
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9/23/2007
First off, let me state the the park was and is immaculate and beautiful. Ample parking, easy to get to and relatively close by were all factors in picking this park for a short sunday hike and photo shoot. Unfortunately that seemed to be the criteria the other 1000 people there were using. The trails were crowded, the noise (from the motorcycles and crowd)was distracting and there was little of the peace that I usually associate with hiking. The proximity to several large cities coupled with good weather undoubtably led to the abundance of people and that was frustrating to me. On a positive note the scenery was spectacular, the weather was perfect,and the amenities plentiful. The directions and signage were slightly confusing but the rangers were helpful and all things considered,the crowd was well behaved. When I return, I will do so when the weather is not so nice and probably on a weekday.
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3/16/2006
Hanging Rock State park is a jewel. Fine trails throughout the park, well maintained. Camping and swimming is also available. A better address is Danbury, NC. Danbuty has a beautiful park along the Dan River.
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10/27/2002
Coming from Western Australia, my wife & I are used to open spaces, solitude & not hearing traffic noise when we go hiking. Living on the NC/VA border, however, means that this can be difficult to achieve without driving for at least 4 hours. Recently we drove down to Hanging Rock and escaped the crowds by doing the Cook''s Wall hike. This hike just blew us away. We spent several hours hiking through lovely lush forests & being teased by occasional views south across the piedmont. We rested for lunch at Cook''s wall & had the most magnificent views of the southern & western piedmont, including Pilot Mountain. As we munched our lunch, all we could hear was the wind through the trees as we watched the raptors soar in the thermals above Cook''s Wall. The was a wonderful experience which helped us recharge our batteries & face another week living in the city.
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Stokes County
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Hanging Rock State Park
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Sep 2018