Beautiful State Parks for scenic hiking just outside Winston Salem.
Nearby state parks offer the opportunity to enjoy nature, to get in some healthy exercise, and to take in gorgeous views of the Piedmont Triad. These local state parks offer numerous hiking trails, caves, waterfalls, ridges, and walls of bare rock. Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain are both located just north of Winston Salem.
Peak times to view the lovely fall foliage are at the end of October and beginning of November.
Hanging Rock – Less than an hour from Greensboro and Winston-Salem, Hanging Rock State Park is the triad’s best nearby hiking getaway. Within its 6,000 acres are more than 18 miles of maintained hiking trails that lead to vistas, waterfalls, caves, and ridges. Hanging Rock State Park also offers the traditional outdoor experience with a 73-site campground, picnic grounds, stocked lake for swimming, and canoe rentals. There is also an access on the Dan River for paddling, 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails, and rock climbing opportunities with permit.
Pilot Mountain – Pilot Mountain is capped by two prominent pinnacles. Big Pinnacle, with walls of bare rock and a rounded top covered by vegetation, rises 1,400 feet above the valley floor, the knob jutting skyward more than 200 feet from its base. Big Pinnacle is connected to Little Pinnacle by a narrow saddle. Visitors have easy access to the top of Little Pinnacle where the view encompasses hundreds of square miles of the Piedmont and the nearby mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.