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Wolf Rock Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

The trail begins at the trailhead behind the lake bathhouse, located at 2847 Hanging Rock Park Road. This trail ends at its intersection with Hanging Rock Trail. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, and it has some uneven steps. Enjoy unobscured views to the south from atop Wolf Rock, a large outcropping of quartzite.

Magnolia Springs Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

The trailhead begins 0.9 miles from the lake parking lot, on the Moore's Wall Loop Trail. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock, and it has some steps and a boardwalk. This trail is a connector, joining Moore's Wall Loop Trail to Cook's Wall Trail. It passes some of the many natural mountain springs found in the park.

Riverbluffs Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the Dan River access parking lot, located at 1258 Flinchum Road. The trail's surface is dirt and sand. It is a mostly level loop trail that follows alongside the Dan River, past the "matrimony point" rock formation and the "play waves," before passing an old homesite. Keen hikers can spot old tobacco rows being erased by a tulip poplar forest.

Cook's Wall Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

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."

Ruben Mountain Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

Park at Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. Hikers must go 1 mile up Tory's Den Trail to get to the trailhead for this 2.9-mile trail. Hiking this entire trail from the parking lot and back is approximately 5.5 miles. The trail is open to horses and hikers. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The wide trail winds around Ruben Mountain, a lesser-known member of the Sauratown Mountain Range, through boulder fields, and past a lofty view of Brown Mountain out in the distance.

Tory's Den Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the trailhead at the west end of Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The first half of the trail is open to both hikers and horseback riders. The trail goes downhill from the corner of the parking lot, along the powerline, and then crosses Charlie Young Road. It then meanders through forests and near a small stream, before climbing gradually up the mountain. A sign marks the end of the section that can be used by horses. Hikers can continue up to Huckleberry Ridge and its weathered rock formations.

Tory's Den Cave and Waterfall Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

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.

Lower Cascades Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the trailhead and parking lot located at 2143 Hall Road. The trail is made up of gravel, dirt, and rock. Hike a short distance through the forest on level ground to the edge of the gorge, before descending steep wooden and stone stairs to the base of the waterfall. Cascade Creek, which originates at the park lake, emerges from atop the naturally carved stone wall, noisily falling 35 feet into a large pool.

Hanging Rock Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the top edge of the visitor center parking lot, located at 1005 Visitor Center Drive. The trail starts out paved and turns to gravel, dirt, and rock, gradually gaining elevation. It takes most average people 1 hour to reach the top. Wood and stone stairs lead to the top of the namesake rock formation, which juts out over the landscape. Hikers can rest on the quartzite and enjoy spectacular views of the park below and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the north.

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 the forest to massive ancient boulders, a must-see for all visitors.