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Hanging Rock and Cole Gap Mountain Loop

Danbury, North Carolina

based on 2 reviews



3.95 miles

Elevation Gain

623 ft

Route Type



Added by Cottonballs Adventures

Hanging Rock and Cole Gap Mountain offer well-marked and maintained trails along this hiking loop.

Beautiful hike through the forest up to an elevation of 2000+ feet for Hanging Rock. The Hanging Rock Trail is 1.3 miles one way. It includes a moderate incline up a well-kept dirt and gravel trail then, turns into steps made of timber, rock, and boulders (330 steps to be more exact!). Well worth the effort for the view at the summit. 

From Hanging Rock, you can continue the loop along the Wolf Rock Trail to the top of Cole Gap Mountain (2021 feet). Once you've reached the top, you'll head down via the Cooks Wall Trail next to the Boathouse at Hanging Rock Park Lake Dam. From here, you'll connect with the Mountains-to-Sea-Trail for a quick stint as you make it back to the parking lot.  

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

Hanging Rock and Cole Gap Mountain Loop Reviews

Want a good hard trail for an out of shape 38 y/o this is it. The views were amazing!

Only 1.8 total - a little steep with stairs but very family friendly

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