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Hanging Rock Backcountry Hikes

posted Apr 14, 2011, 2:31 PM by Unknown user

Two unique hikes into the backcountry of Hanging Rock State Park are coming up in the next few weeks on April 30th and May 21st.

While millions of people have visited Hanging Rock, very few venture east along the untamed Hanging Rock and Sheep Rock Ridges where no trails exist. This is a ridge of massive rock overhangs, caves, cliffs, rock outcrops overlooks, and stone bluffs.

Join a park ranger for a guided hike of these ridges to see some amazing sights. But be aware, traversing this ridge requires scrambling up rock faces, pushing through thickets of shrubs and thorns. It requires above average physical fitness, dexterity, agility, and balance. It is a challenging hike but the scenery and natural wonders are worth it for those who can make it. Rope assisted climbing is not necessary but it should not be tried by anyone not confident in their ability and endurance to complete the trek as rescue and dropping out of the hike without a guide are difficult in this area.

Expect the hike to last 4-5 hours.

Meeting Location: To be disclosed upon registration

Registration: No cost. Limited to 10 participants. 

These hikes are limited to members of the Friends of the Sauratown Mountains until the following dates after which remaining space will be available to the general public.

  • April 30 Hike :: open registration after April 8
  • May 21 Hike :: open registration after May 2

Call the Hanging Rock State Park office at 336-593-8480 to register.