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Tory's Den Cave and Waterfall Trail

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Tory's Den Cave and Waterfall Trail

Tory's Falls at Hanging Rock State Park. Photo by R. Curtis.

This trail begins at the trailhead at the east end of Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, with some wooden steps. A display at the parking lot describes the fascinating Revolutionary War-era history of the cave. The trail leads to the tallest waterfall in the park, Tory's Falls. Water drops 240 feet over a series of gentle rock terraces. The waterfall can be safely viewed from the trail terminus, but hikers are not able to immerse in the falls due to steep terrain. The trail then continues on to the 20-foot-deep, cool, natural cave.

Trail Location: 
Tory's Den parking lot – 1185 Charlie Young Road
Trail Length: 
0.20 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016



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