Take A Hike At Hanging Rock

Stokes County, NC

As we all know, at this time, getting outside is the number one thing to do! Personally, hiking is one of my favorites, so; I caught up with one of my girlfriends who was up for the challenge. Aly & I met up at Hanging Rock State Park by the lake. It’s so beautiful this time of year, with the leaves beginning to change from the lush greens to the vibrant golds, fiery reds, and blistering orange. We threw on our packs, grabbed our walking poles, and headed for Cooks Wall Trail. The brisk air is so refreshing. The acorns are like little fall bombs telling you the fall season is here, and the squirrels are out forging for the winter.

Listening to the birds chirping away, makes for such a peaceful hike. As we made our way up by Wolf Rock, the views are just spectacular as we paused for a quick drink of water. We were passed by two other hikers who I must say had to be on a mission. Next was House Rock, where you can go out onto the edge of the rocks and watch the birds sore. After a short break, we headed towards the top of Cook’s Wall. As you make your way up, there is this particular spot that looks like a meadow. It makes you want to go lie down in it but don’t be fooled. It’s very rocky. Once we made it to the top, enjoying the breathtaking view, we sat down to enjoy our snacks, water, and a little conversation on our hike up. Looking off in the distance, you can see Winston-Salem. 

After an enjoyable break, it was time to head back down. It seemed to go too fast, but it was only a little over five miles, and just beautiful.

Once back to the cars, we had to stop off at The Arts Place of Stokes in Historic Downtown Danbury for a little retail therapy. Also, you can’t forget to grab a latte or coffee at Rocky’s Coffee & Ice Cream. 

As I’m here, I find out about an upcoming event, “Soup in A Bowl 2020”! It helps to put food on the table for families in need this holiday season. This unique event sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly fall day. The 2020 event will take place in Historic Downtown Danbury at The Arts Place of Stokes. Sit out amongst the lingering fall colors in the back parking lot on a brisk Saturday sipping on tomato basil soup, Cousin Eddy’s Kickin’ Chilli, or Wild Bill’s Chicken Stew. Attendees select their locally handcrafted pottery bowl of choice from a wide selection crafted by local clay throwers. Proceeds from the event go to support three food banks in Stokes County. Find out more at www.StokesArts.org.

The perfect mountain getaway, closer than you think. Experience hiking trails, waterfalls, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing and more. Enjoy a leisurely float down the Dan River by canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or tube. www.hangingrock.com