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Moore's Wall Loop Trail



4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 916' 279 m
Descent: -914' -278 m
High: 2,535' 773 m
Low: 1,698' 518 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)


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Trail shared by Thomas Birch

Reach the highest point in Hanging Rock State Park at the top of Moore's Knob.

Thomas Birch

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views


This is a strenuous loop trail that leads to the top of Moore's Knob - the highest point in Hanging Rock State Park.

It's recommended to hike this loop in the clockwise direction. The trail starts at the picnic/swimming area at Hanging Rock Lake. The first 1.5 miles follow a beautiful mountain creek valley, passing the junction of the Magnolia Springs Trail at 1.0 miles.

At 1.5 miles, the trail turns to the right and begins a steeper ascent of Moore's Wall. At 2.0 miles, the trail levels out and follows the ridge line of Moore's Wall. Moore's Knob and its observation tower are reached at 2.5 miles, the high point of the loop at 2,572 feet.

Descend from Moore's Knob passing Balanced Rock. The trail continues to descend passing through the family campground and passing meeting itself at the upper end of Hanging Rock Lake. Follow the path beside the lake back to the parking area.

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Aug 24, 2019
Jana DuMond
This is a great butt-kicking trail. It's all ascent and descent. Next time I need a quick workout, I'll park by the lake and just do this trail. I… 3.9mi
May 26, 2019
Walter Vaughn
When you face the lake, to the right heads up the stairs, to the left heads up the forest section. 4.1mi
May 1, 2019
Amber Degolier
Apr 20, 2019
Roger Teeters
Mar 23, 2019
William Carter
Mar 23, 2019
Joy Haynes
1h 45m
Mar 16, 2019
William Carter
11h 45m
Feb 23, 2019
William Carter
Lots and lots of water 4.1mi

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View from the observation tower on Moore's Know - Hanging Rock State Park.
Jan 25, 2016 near Danbury, NC
Looking toward Pilot Mtn.
Oct 13, 2016 near Danbury, NC
The view from Moores Knob - Hanging Rock SP, NC
Jan 25, 2016 near Danbury, NC
Moores Knob Hanging Rock SP, NC.
Jan 25, 2016 near Danbury, NC
View of the lake
May 2, 2018 near Danbury, NC
Moore's Wall Loop Trail.
Feb 23, 2019 near Danbury, NC

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