"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more