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Moores Knob – Hanging Rock State Park - Danbury, North Carolina

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
5.3 mls N/A
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3 hours with 1 hour of breaks
1,050 ft
Hanging Rock State Park
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Park at Hanging Rock Park Lake. 36.39088, -80.26685

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

Moores Knob, the tallest peak in the Sauratown Mountains, is home to a beautiful stone lookout tower with outstanding 360° views. The 4.7-mile moderately strenuous Moore’s Wall Loop Trail is a very popular hike in Hanging Rock State Park. If the distance and elevation gain for the Five Peaks Loop is a deterrent, this is a great alternative with less foot traffic than the namesake Hanging Rock. Starting at Hanging Rock Park Lake, the trail is mostly level until you leave the confines of the flat water and begin ascending towards Huckleberry Gap. When the loop turns north, you’ll begin a 600+ foot ascent over 1.4 miles to the top of Moores Knob. As you crest Huckleberry Ridge, the trail passes by many fantastic rock formations begging for exploration. The stone lookout tower and the expansive cliffs from the top of Moores Knob (2,579 feet) provide views of the state park, Sauratown Mountain, Pilot Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Escarpment of North Carolina and Virginia. The hike down is much steeper, but substantial trail upgrades in 2007 included many stone and wooden steps to reduce erosion, making this manageable in either direction. Once you reach the lake, you are almost finished with the hike. Before you return to the car, make sure to check out the view of Moores Knob from the pier. The tower is visible more than 900 feet above the lake. 

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