Hanging Rock’s 18 miles of diverse trail make it a hiker’s paradise, especially for campers. One of the most popular trails in the park, Moore’s Wall, runs through the centrally located campsite (73 sites, with hookups). That 4.2-mile loop takes you to the top of Moore’s Knob and great 360-degree views. It also connects with the Visitor Center, where you can pick up trails to waterfalls (Indian Creek, Upper Cascades Falls), to the park’s namesake attraction (1.2 miles), to more remote trails (Cook’s Wall, Reuben Mountain) — or some 500-miles west to Clingman’s Dome on the Tennessee line (the park is home to a stretch of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail). Rock climbing is allowed in the park; there’s scenic paddling on the Dan River, which borders the park; and while swimming in the 12-acre mountain pond is a Memorial Day-to-Labor Day only affair, the picturesque lake loves having its picture taken in all seasons.

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