Hanging Rock State Park
Hanging Rock State Park
Hanging Rock State Park offers over 18 miles of trails where visitors can hike to its numerous peaks and waterfalls. Hikers can enjoy views of the piedmont that cannot be seen elsewhere. The trails are mostly easy to moderate hikes that most people can enjoy. You can also enjoy a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that runs through the park. This trail starts in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and runs for 1,000 miles to the outer banks.
The park also has a 73-site tent and trailer campground (minus R/V hookups) and 10 vacation cabins for overnight accommodations. There is a wonderful mountain spring fed lake, open from June - Labor Day, that offers swimming and boat rentals. Fisherman can also enjoy this lake. The lake stays cool all summer long. This is a great place to come rock climbing if you live in the triad as it is only a short drive north of the city. Rock climbing is permitted at Moore's Wall and Cook's Wall but is not allowed at the Hanging Rock summit. The visitor's center and museum room is open daily. There is no admission fee to the park.
Photos taken by: Amanda Tsiukes
Page created by: John Ostrander
Boating and Fishing
Education and Events
No Fees for park entrance, there are fees to camp
No permits for hiking, camping does require permits
800 feet - 2,579 feet
Allowed, must be on leash
Other Trails not Listed
Indian Creek Trail
Moore's Wall Loop Trail
Mountains-to-Sea Trail Section
Ruben Mountain Trail
Tory's Den Trail
Tory's Den Cave & Waterfall Trail
Upper Cascades Trail
Wolf Rock Trail
Hanging Rock State
Due to its unique location, the park is home to a number of species of flora that are more commonly found in the westernmost part of the state. Carolina and Canadian hemlock grow alongside each other, and in the spring visitors can view the colorful displays of rhododendron, mountain laurel, pinxter azalea, and a number of other wildflowers. Much of the park is an oak-hickory forest, with chestnut oak the dominant hardwood.
The park is also home to the rare Wehrle's salamander, and peregrine falcons have been known to nest in the crags on the park's high peaks. Ravens and vultures may be seen calling and circling overhead. Visitors might see white-tailed deer and Wild Turkey while walking the park trails.
Two venomous snakes, the copperhead and timber rattlesnake, live in the park, but they do not bother unless provoked. All wildlife is protected at Hanging Rock just as in all other North Carolina State Parks.
To see a 3-D interactive map of Hanging Rock State Park, please load the Master Google File on the left side.
You can use this interactive map to find directions to the trail in the park you are looking to hike. This map is interactive and you can move around and zoom in or out.
For Driving Directions: Please click on the "hiker man" and then click on the arrow in the bottom right corner. You will then be redirected to Google Maps where you can type in your home address.
High Country Trails
Hanging Rock State Park is located in the Sauratown Mountain Range, one of the most easterly mountain ranges in the state. Often called "the mountains away from the mountains." The Sauratown Mountains lie completely within the borders of Stokes and Surry counties. Prominent peaks in the Sauratown range rise from 1,700 feet to more than 2,500 feet in elevation and stand in bold contrast to the surrounding countryside, which averages only 800 feet in elevation. The highest point in the park - and the highest point in the Sauratown Mountain range - is Moore's Knob. It rises to 2,579 feet above sea level.
Named for the Saura Native Americans who were early inhabitants of the region, the rocky tops of the Sauratown Mountains are the remnants of a once-broad layer of rock that covered the region. Over many years, wind, water and other forces eroded the surrounding blanket of rock. What remains of these ancient mountains is the erosion-resistant quartzite, which now supports scenic ridges and knobs, including Moore's Knob, Moore's Wall, Cook's Wall, Devil's Chimney, Wolf Rock and Hanging Rock.