The original plan was to leave Saturday morning and swing by Hanging Rock on our way to Blacksburg, Va. Then we would see a few waterfalls in Virginia and head home Sunday afternoon. The weather, however, did not agree with our plans. It rained and stormed all day long and numerous tornadoes ripped through the state of North Carolina . Instead I spent my Saturday watching continuous storm coverage up until bedtime. Bummed that the weather ruined our plans we decided to get up early Sunday and hit the road for a day trip to Hanging Rock.
We arrived around 9am and hit the first trail. All the waterfall trails are fairly short with 0.6 miles one way being the longest. The hikes are fairly easy but there is a good amount of steps to climb in a few trails. Nothing to really bother you though.
Up first was Hidden Falls. It is small and not very impressive, but on the way to Window Falls. So it is worth the quick detour to take a look.
Next came Window Falls. It may only be around 30 feet tall but it makes up for it with its surroundings. The top section of the falls drop over a huge rock while the bottom cascades down another rock; a very picturesque sight. You can even stand directly behind the falls. Walk to the top of Window Falls to see a small waterfall behind the huge rock with the window. You will see the window in the rock when you first arrive at the falls, and I am guessing that is where the name Window Falls came from.
Lastly we drove a little further down the road to Tory's Falls. For not sharing the same enthusiasm over waterfalls as me, my wife is usually a good sport. I could definitely tell by now though that she had it for the day. The baby, who missed her nap, also let me know she was done for the day. But being so close I had to see the last falls. So I quickly jogged down the trail.
Tory's Falls is the highest waterfall in the park (pictured at the top). It is probably around 100 feet tall but you can only see the top part. I am not sure if you can make it all the way to the base and the way down looked pretty dangerous. All the rain from Saturday made the falls look a lot nicer than any pictures I had seen.
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