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Aug012012

Hanging Rock State Park

Description

Not far from the urban landscape of the Triad cities, there is another North Carolina to be discovered. Hanging Rock State Park offers sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, and views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles. Although Peregrine Falcons have ceased nesting on Moore's Wall, a hike along the Moore's Wall loop trail still may lead to the guttural croaks of a Common Raven and a fantastic view. Look to the sky to witness their aerial acrobatics. Enjoy a short stroll to any of the five waterfalls in the park and listen for Black-throated Green Warbler and Hooded Warbler along the way. For a chance to see the elusive Worm-eating Warbler, hike the Tory's Den Trail over Huckleberry Ridge. Covering more than 7,000 acres, Hanging Rock State Park is a haven for birds, as well as beautiful displays of mountain laurel and rhododendron in the spring and a colorful palette of deciduous leaves that turn in early autumn. Be sure to pick up a trail map at the visitor center. Hanging Rock State Park has more than 18 miles of hiking trails, some of which are quite long, with significant elevation changes.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Broad-winged Hawk, Common Raven, Black-throated Green Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded Warbler

Habitat

oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, mesic forest, rock cliffs

Access and Parking

The park is open 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March and October; 8am to 8pm, April, May and September; 8am to 9pm, June - August. The visitor center is open 9am to 4:45pm, daily.

Directions

From Danbury, take SR 8/89 north for 2 miles. Turn left on Hanging Rock Road (SR 2015). Go 2 miles to the park entrance at the end of the road.

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