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Rock Garden Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the west end of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive, at the wooden handrail. The trail is asphalt and is wheelchair accessible. It immediately crosses Hanging Rock Park Road. This level trail leads through to forest to massive ancient boulders, a must-see for all visitors.

Upper Cascades Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the west end of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive, at the wooden handrail. The trail immediately crosses Hanging Rock Park Road. The trail starts out asphalt and turns to gravel after passing the intersection with Rock Garden Trail. A wide, gently sloping trail leads downhill to a wooden observation deck with seating for safe views of the tall, burbling falls. A set of wooden stairs takes adventurous hikers and dogs to a shallow catch pool at the base of the waterfall.

Indian Creek Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the east end of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive. Made of gravel, dirt, and rock, it meanders down the mountain, along the Indian Creek, through shady rhododendron thickets and open oak forests, and ends at the Dan River. This trail crosses over Hanging Rock Park Road. Near the end, it crosses the creek several times without bridges — beware during high water.

Moore's Wall Loop Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

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 2,947 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.

Bridle Trail – West Loop

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington

The West Loop Bridle Trail is the perfect adventure for those who wish to explore the northside of the park. Take this trail by itself or combine it with the East Loop Bridle Trail to make an 8-mile circuit. Be sure to hitch up your horse and take a break at the Avents Creek crossing located on the trail. This is a great spot to enjoy Jumping Fish Falls and see friendly snakes sunning themselves on the boulders.

Riders, please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.

Raven Rock Loop Trail

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington

The park's namesake trail is very popular for its iconic features, such as Raven Rock and the Overlook. Following along Little Creek, you will wind through the woods and find your way to a large staircase that descends to the Rock. Once under the Rock, take a moment to soak in the sights and sounds of the riverbed on the large fallen boulders. At the Overlook, bald eagles are commonly seen fishing along the river. The Overlook is also one of the best spots to view a sunset in the park.

Northington Ferry Trail

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington

Northington Ferry Trail is named after the Northingtons, a prominent family that once lived here long ago. The Northingtons operated a general store, a river ferry system, and the lock and dam located at Fish Traps. This quiet trail is ideal for spotting wildlife, such as deer and box turtles, as well as all kinds of native birds. It is also popular with fishermen due to the trail ending at the mouth of Campbell Creek where it meets the Cape Fear River. Fish commonly caught in this area include catfish, sunfish, bass, and crappie.

Mountain Laurel Loop Trail – Advanced – CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington

The advance loop of the park's mountain bike trail system starts off of the beginner loop. This loop poses the highest amount of opt-in challenges and technical features for riders to experience. It is also the narrowest of the three loops. Once a rider completes the advanced loop, they will need to continue down the beginner loop to return to the parking area.

Bikers, please pay attention to which direction to go. Please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.