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We offer the original full 10 mile route as well as a shorter 5 mile option! Both routes follow existing trails inside the Hanging Rock State Park. The shorter route turns off the main route at the intersection of Moore's Wall trail and Magnolia Springs trail and returns to the start. Both routes will start and finish in the upper (lake) parking lot.
The long (original) route proceeds up to Moore's Knob (up the 600+ steps) first, then over to Cooks Wall. The route then continues down the spine of the mountain past House and Wolf Rock and finishes up the Hanging Rock trail with a fine panoramic view at the top. The park has rerouted the Hanging Rock trail to the top this year to avoid all the wooden and stone steps. You will appreciate the new trail! The trail surface is a mixture of rocks, roots, forest floor and paved or stone surfaces. There are a couple of locations where it is possible to get your feet wet. Sturdy shoes that are water resistant are recommended. It is a strenuous hike, so please train and plan accordingly. There will be two rest stops on the long route (miles 3.7 and 7.6). There is one rest stop on the short route at mile 3.7. Click Here for a Garmin file of the full route. Click Here for a Strava activity file to view the full route.
The short route starts at the same location. It proceeds up to Moore's Knob and then diverts off the long route at the intersection of Moore's Wall Trail/Magnolia Springs Trail. Here the short route returns to the finish area at the bathhouse. Click Here for a Garmin file of the short route. Click Here for a Strava activity file of the short route.
If you have any questions about the routes, please e-mail Harry Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org