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Moore's Wall Loop Trail

Moore's Knob at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by C. Peek.

This trail begins at the trailhead directly behind the stone bathhouse next to the lake parking lot at 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road. If hiking this trail clockwise, the trail climbs elevation slowly, ultimately leading to the highest point in the Sauratown Mountains: the Observation Tower, at 2,497 feet above sea level. Enjoy awe-inspiring 360-degree views from atop this former fire tower. After passing "Balanced Rock," continue down the 684 stone steps of the "endless staircase." The trail crosses a small creek and passes behind the campground amphitheater. The trail then emerges onto a paved road surface. Follow the red dots on the pavement to campsite 40, where the trail goes back into the woods, then meanders along the back of the lake, and returns to the lake parking lot.

Trail Location: 
Lake parking lot – 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road
Trail Length: 
4.70 miles
Trail Type: 
loop
Trail Difficulty: 
strenuous hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
gravel
paved
water crossings
stairs
Trail Blaze: 
red circles

Map of North Carolina – Hanging Rock State Park


Contact the park
 

336-593-8480

hanging.rock@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Park entrance

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016

GPS: 36.4119, -80.2541

 

Visitor center

1005 Visitor Center Drive
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3952, -80.2665

 

Lake bathhouse

2847 Hanging Rock Park Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3902, -80.2678

 

Lower Cascades parking area

2143 Hall Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4148, -80.2647

 

Dan River access

1258 Flinchum Road
Danbury, NC 27016

GPS: 36.4293, -80.2487

 

Tory's Den parking area

1185 Charlie Young Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4019, -80.2995

 

Climbing access

1035 Climbing Access Drive
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.3995, -80.2906

 

Mountain biking access

2700 Moores Spring Road
Westfield, NC 27053

GPS: 36.4187, -80.2839
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • Campers and cabin guests must arrive prior to the closing hour, after which the park gate is closed for the night.
     

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  • Summer months only. Hours may vary due to staff availability. The diving platform may be closed due to staffing; please inquire with staff for hours.
     
  • Monday:
    11:00am to 5:45pm
     
  • Tuesday to Sunday:
    10:00am to 5:45pm
     
  • Fee charged for all swimmers. Free swim from 5:00pm to 5:45pm.
     

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  • Open weekends only in spring and fall
     
  • Open daily during summer months
     
  • 10:00am to 5:30pm
     

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  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 4:45pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day