Hanging Rock

Just north of Winston Salem is Hanging Rock State Park. Only ~2 hours from Raleigh, it can make a great day trip. This time though, we spent two nights at the campground.

We reserved our campsite online for $20 /night. A good deal, esp. considering we got site #8 which is arguably the best location on the map.

The first night it rained constantly, and our inflatable air mattress slowly kept going flat. 🙁 I’ve had this queen-sized air mattress for over 10 years and this is the first leak it’s ever had. Luckily, with some serious investigation I found the leak and easily repaired it with the patch kit we always carry along. I learned something new:
Keeping your mattress / equipment clean isn’t always enough. This leak was caused by a small crack in a seam; a stress-crack, from folding and storing the mattress the exact same way for years. So now I’m folding it slightly differently every time I put it away.

Hanging Rock has one main (must-do) loop of ~5 miles to go up to the observation platform.

A view of Moore’s Knob (Hanging Rock observation platform) from the Visitors’ Center:

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The fall colors were probably at their peak here last weekend. A few trees were losing most of their leaves, but the views were still beautiful.

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The climb to the top is steep,

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but worth the trip.

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We were not the first ones here today.

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Will have to remember to bring the hammock next time though.

The hike back down somehow seems longer…

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