Hanging Rock State Park: Hanging Rock Trail
About an hour southwest from Martinsville, Virginia and 30-miles northwest of Winston-Salem, we visited Hanging Rock State Park this weekend to hike the trail to Hanging Rock.
Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County, North Carolina. On April 20, 1936, the Winston-Salem Foundation and the Stokes County Committee for Hanging Rock donated 3,096 acres to North Carolina for establishing a state park. It was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in about 1935. Hanging Rock State Park is one of North Carolina’s oldest. The park encompasses 7,049 acres with almost half a million visitors annually.
Hanging Rock Trail is a 2.6 mile (out-and-back) very well-traveled trail.
The trail begins very wide and clear with pavement for the first 250 yards or so. From there is becomes a hiking trail with sand and leaves and not gravel. As the trail proceeds it becomes a trail with roots, large rocks and plenty of steps as you near the top.
There’s plenty of views of nature. My kiddos enjoyed climbing trees….
The climbed rocks…
Near the top there is this resting spot that is solid rock with small shelves. The kiddos crawled up into one of the shelves for a picture…
The hike is moderate difficulty. I’m out of shape and it took us about an hour and a half to reach the top.
About 100 yards from the main outcropping, we stopped and had our own private view where we hydrated and rested.
The trail is busy…one of the busiest hiking trails we have been on (and we’ve hiked a lot). I wouldn’t say it was quiet, but it was nice.
After awhile, we walked the rest of the way to the main attraction. The views are mostly of farmland and mountains in the distance.
This park is part of the “Mountain-to-Sea” trail. The trail to where the rocks outcrop is 1.3 miles from the park headquarters and parking area. The rock outcropping are at an elevation of 2,580 ft.
It was a beautiful day!