Hanging Rock State Park
November 7, 2010
Near: Danbury, NC
Route: Moore's Wall Loop Trail, Magnolia Springs Trail, Cook's Wall Trail,
Wolf Rock Trail, Hanging Rock Trail
Distance: 9.1 miles
Impression: This was a great day hike and i was happy to be joined by a long time good friend who i hadn't seen in a while...we decided to first see the observation tower, via the Moore's Wall Loop Trail...the ascent up to the tower is something like 1300 ft in less than 2 miles, which in retrospect, really wasn't too bad...from the tower, the views are spectacular...it's amazing how flat the majority of the landscape surrounding Hanging Rock is, with only a few mountains scattering the countryside...those mountains that do rise up offer long views that span two states...it's really quite breathtaking...
After a snack and a few photos, we continued on hiking, heading out towards Hanging Rock...as with the observation tower, great views are had from Hanging Rock, it's really a nice place to go and have lunch (or a bottle of wine, like a couple of ladies we saw)...
Hanging Rock State Park is a very popular destination for the area...expect lots of folks around if you ever choose to head out this way, but the trip is well worth it...with over 30 miles of hiking trails and a bunch of waterfalls (that i haven't even seen yet), this park offers plenty to do...i'm excited for my next trip out to Hanging Rock and recommend it to anyone looking for either a day hike or an overnight excursion...
Directions to Trailhead:
From Winston-Salem, NC take Hwy 8 north to Danbury. Turn left at Stokes-Reynolds Hospital on Hanging Rock Park Road 1.5 miles to the park.
From Stuart, VA take Hwy 8 south to Danbury. Turn right at Stokes-Reynolds Hospital on Hanging Rock Park Road 1.5 miles to the park.
Pick up a map at the Visitor Center...