"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."