Hanging Rock State Park
I lived on this area for over 20 years and never took a hike. I've fished, swam, and took a boat out on the lake but ever took a hike. At my age, I was determined to make it to the hanging rock. My son and I hiked the trail and while it was a little strenuous and challenging at times, I was not disappointed!!!!! The view at the end is spectacular and well worth the trip. I should have done this 30 years ago. What a beautiful place in my own backyard. This is a national treasure and place to be cherished. The park team has done an amazing job on this park and it shows. Can't wait to take on the Moore's Wall trail.
Wonderful NC state park! There are several trails that are short around the visitors center but we found out later they were marked strenuous, and they were. High Cascade falls is easier but it was a little rainy on the day we visited. There are plenty of picnic tables to enjoy a lunch or snack. The park is definitely kid friendly. My oldest daughter got her Junior Ranger badge and had fun doing so. It is definitely worth a visit!
I wish I had more time to explore this park. The few trails that I hiked were breathtaking. From the top of the mountain showing what fall colors are all about, to the waterfall and rock structures along the way. You will never be bored. The best part is there truly are a variety of different level trails from beginner, intermediate to expert. So everyone can find a trail to suit their needs.
I had a great time hiking around this area. There are so many trails to choose from. My favorite is Moores Wall. It has the best views in the park. The observation tower is great and has signs showing what you are seeing. The main attraction, Hanging Rock, is definitely worth the short hike. Well kept trails and facilities. Will plan another trip soon to explore the waterfalls and other trails I did not hike.
Hanging Rock State Park is a 9,011-acre located in Stokes County 30 miles north of Winston-Salem and was started as a Civilian Conservation Corps project and has become a state park that offers every part of a traditional outdoor experience. Trails lead to picturesque mountain views, rock outcrops, waterfalls, and even a mountain cave. The Hanging Rock Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in North Carolina. The trail is a relatively short 1.3 miles (2.6 miles round trip) long, but there are quite a few steep sections along the route. The Hanging Rock Trail leads to Hanging Rock after a 1.3-mile hike. We made it to the top in about 45 minutes, but with many viewpoints and stops along the way, it can easily take an hour. Over 20 miles of trails are available in the park. In addition to those that lead to Hanging Rock itself, other trails in the park lead to other peaks and rock walls with great views. Several trails lead to some of North Carolina's easternmost significant waterfalls down in the valleys. Two picnic areas are available for lunch before the trail or grilling afterward; there are 60 tables total. One is at the main Hanging Rock trailhead and the other is near the lake. We had a great time and a good hike!