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The two RV Gypsies hiked to Tory's Den
in Hanging Rock State Park
1287 - 1299 Charlie Young Road, Walnut Cove,
(Stokes County) North Carolina
May 10, 2023
USA map showing location of NClocation of Hanging Rock State Park

When most people (tourists and residents alike) visit North Carolina’s famous Hanging Rock State Park, caves are not at the forefront of their mind. The park is widely known for the cliff locations which are part of the easternmost mountains in the state, the Sauratown Mountains, as opposed to the Blue Ridge Mountains found farther west.

hikers map at Hanging Rock State Park
history bookTory's Den story and The Whigs

There are 18 miles of hiking trails in this state park, including one that leads to a cave, which is the only trail the two RV Gypsies took on this date, because they were only here for one day, and they just finished a Segway tour and it was getting later in the day.

The cave and the rock outcroppings at Tory's Den are said to have been the hiding spot of British Loyalists during the Revolutionary War. But their campfires were spotted at night and they quickly rerouted.

There are two ways to get here, one is about a 3 mile drive from the main entrance at Hanging Rock State Park, to Moores's Spring Road, to Mickey Road and then to Charlie Young Road, which is where the Two RV Gypsies were on this date. This hike is listed as a 0.2 mile hike, but with the curvy trail and all the stairs, the two RV Gypsies question the length of the hike.

A second option from within Hanging Rock State Park is the Tory's Den trail, a 2.7 mile moderate spur off the Moores' Wall Loop Trail at Huckleberry Ridge, which is a hike of almost 5 miles one way. The two RV Gypsies did not come here from the main section of Hanging Rock State Park; they just managed to find the trail shown below, off of a very small parking lot, known as the Tory's Den Parking Lot.

A set of rock stairs led down the side of the mountain to the entrance of the cave. Altogether, there were 170 steps - ONE WAY, then of course, 170 steps back up. (Note: The two RV Gypsies have done 832 stairs one way in New York, quite a few years earlier - It get harder every year for the two RV Gypsies.) It also did NOT feel like only a 0.2 mile trail to the two RV Gypsies (as shown in the sign below) mostly because of the winding trail and all the steps and stairs.

Torys Den Trail sign Karen Duquette on the stairs

Tory's Den and Falls is a moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westfield, North Carolina that features a waterfall. They did not meet up with any other people during this hike.

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Lee Duquette on the Stairs Lee Duquette on the Stairs

Below: Tory's Den Waterfall, the tallest of five waterfalls in this park. The others are not reachable from this particular trail, but are listed at the bottom of this page, with a link to the two that Karen and Lee Duquette have hiked to.

Here at Tory's Den Waterfall, water drops 240 feet over a series of gentle rock terraces. This one, Tory's Den Waterfall is pretty, but it is difficult (and maybe not possible) to get close to it. It is difficult to get great photographs from here. A list of the other four waterfalls can be found at the bottom of this page, plus a link to ones that the two RV Gypsies have previously visited.

Tory's Den Waterfall and Lee Duquette Tory's Den Waterfall
Tory's Den Waterfall Tory's Den Waterfall
flower directional sign for Tory's Den and Waterfall

Below: The natural surroundings almost completely camouflage the entrance to the cave.

Tory's Den entrance Tory's Den entrance
Tory's Den entrance Tory's Den entrance

Below: Lee Duquette in Tory's Den Cave

Lee Duquette entering Tory's Den Cave Lee Duquette in Tory's Den Cave
Lee Duquette in  Tory's Den Cave
The two RV Gypsies in Tory's Den Cave The two RV Gypsies in Tory's Den Cave

Below: The end of the cave

Below: Looking out from the cave

Tory's Den Cave looking out from inside the cave

Below: Close-up photos of the outside of the cave's rocks

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Below: Looking up towards the top of Tory's Cave

Below: End of Trail sign

looking up at the cave End of Trail sign

Below: Some of the 170 steps back up to the road.

look below

This is not a linear site, so there are always choices of where to go next: Below are two choices.

The other four waterfalls in Hanging Rock State Park are Hidden Falls and Window Falls, Upper Cascades and Lower Cascade, two of which the Two RV Gypsies have been to and here is the link.
back button Back up to 2014, when the two RV Gypsies were also at Hanging Rock State Park and hiked to two waterfalls. There will be a link at the bottom of that page to return here.

please continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies RV travel to Keowee-Toxaway State Park in Sunset, SC (Pickens County). It was created in 1970 along the shores of Lake Keowee from lands previously owned by Duke Power.
NOTE: This is a menu with several options for your viewing pleasure - waterfalls, a zipline and more.