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Cook's Wall Trail

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Cook's Wall Trail

House Rock at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by D. Cook.

This trail begins at the trailhead behind the lake bathhouse, located at 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, and it has some uneven steps. The trail offers sweeping views of the south and west with Sauratown and Pilot Mountain viewable in the distance.

A rock formation feature, House Rock, is located 1.4 miles from the parking lot along this trail. House Rock is named for a "house-like" portion of the formation, which is a rock shelter overhang cavity that resembles a "living room."

Other tall rock formations, including Devil's Chimney, are found past the end of the trail. The Cook's Wall section of rock is open for climbing with a permit.

Trail Location: 
Lake parking lot – 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road
Trail Length: 
2.20 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
white diamonds

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016



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GPS: 36.411906, -80.254120


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