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The Best of NC State Parks: Ups and Downs, Views and BBQ (Hanging Rock)

Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group
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Aug 12 8:00AM - 9:00AM

Hello THOGers!

Let's explore another great state park that features rocky cliffs, beautiful overlooks, miles of hiking trails, five waterfalls and a lake, and is only a couple of hours drive from RTP!

We will meet in Chapel Hill on Saturday morning (8AM) and carpool to the Hanging Rock park visitor's center. It's a two hour drive, so we should be able to start our hike at about 10AM. We will walk along the lake and then climb to Moore's Knob, the highest point in Hanging Rock park at 2,572 feet. The trail uphill is steep but well maintained and is mostly built as stair steps. At the top we'll enjoy the 360 views from the observation tower and eat snack. On the way back we'll continue down Moore's Wall Loop trail, this time it will be a rugged rocky trail going through the woods down to the lake.

The overall hike will be 5 miles with the elevation gain/drop of 987 feet and should take us about 3 hours.

Both sections of the trail are rated as "Strenuous". There will be no rush, but make sure you are in a good shape to do both uphill (heart and legs) and downhill (knees and toes). Wear hiking footwear with plenty of room for toes, enough water and snacks to keep you going. Bring your trekking poles if you like.

This is a great hike for intermediate level hikers who want to challenge themselves with elevation gain/drop but are not ready to commit to a long distance, as well as advanced hikers who want to burn some calories on a day hike.

We'll be back to our cars at 1PM. Then we will drive to another parking lot nearby and do a short hike (0.4 miles) to the beautiful Lower Cascades Waterfall. Bring your towel and water shoes and go for a swim, or just dip your toes and chill out.

We'll leave the park at 2PM, have a delicious late lunch at the famous Prissy Polly's BBQ in Kernersville ( and will be back to Harris Teeter at 5PM.

I'll send a reminder and a detailed packing list to the participants a few days before the event.


I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety. Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above.


This hike is a part of THE BEST OF NC STATE PARKS event series. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state parks by hiking beautiful parks all over the state.

Pick up your passport at a State park or order one on-line for free usingthis linkand share the fun! Read more about the passport programhere. It's not required to participate in the event, but might be a good way to learn more about the parks. Join me on this adventure, collect stamps and explore our beautiful state.

How to find us:Back of the parking lot

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