P.O. Box 353, Danbury, NC 27016

High 5 @ Hanging Rock

High 5 @ Hanging Rock

The Hanging Rock at Hanging Rock State Park, photo by Johanna H. Stern

THE 2022 EVENT IS APRIL 2, 2022.


To raise funds to support Hanging Rock State Park, The Friends of Sauratown Mountains is sponsoring the third annual High 5 at Hanging Rock.  Participants will trek over ten miles of park trails to reach five of the highest elevations within Hanging Rock State Park.   They will summit Moore’s Knob, Cooks Wall and Hanging Rock mountains and pass by two prominent rock outcrops, Wolf Rock and House Rock, along their journey.   Due to the length, change in elevation and trail conditions, this will be a strenuous hike or run and will test everyone’s physical abilities. There is also a 5-mile option that summits only Moore’s Knob for those looking for less of a challenge.

PLEASE GO TO THE WEBSITE – High5athangingrock.com to sign up!

If pandemic conditions dictate a change and a mass one-day event cannot be held, or if you don’t feel comfortable, the challenge will be held over 7 days, April 2-9, 2022.  Participants will complete the challenge on their own without support from the park or the friends group.  For our event, we ask that you wear a mask when in groups outside of your household at registration and after the event. Practice social distancing when in the park, restrooms, parking lots, trails, etc.  All our volunteers will be fully vaccinated for your safety.

All hikers/runners must register regardless of age.  The 10-mile event is not recommended for children less than 10 years of age.  The 5-mile option is suitable for younger participants with parental supervision.    

LOCATION: The event will start and finish at the upper parking lot at Hanging Rock State Park (1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC 27016).  Once you enter the park gate, follow the road to the top (end).  The start will be at shelter #4 in the upper lake parking lot (located on the far-right side of the parking lot closest to the lake).    Please carpool, if possible, to ease parking issues. Parking is in the upper lot with overflow parking in the visitor center lot.

COST:Registration is $40 per-person.   Online registration ends at 11 PM March 29th.  Mail in registration must be received by March 29th.  TO BE GUARANTEED A T-SHIRT YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE MIDNIGHT MARCH 23.   We will have in-person registration at packet pick-up and the day of the event if the registration cap has not been met ($50).   

REGISTRATION:  Click on the link above to access online registration or mail in registration. Day of registration will be from 7:30-8AM, runners off at 8:00AM, 10 mile hikers off at 8:05 and 5 mile hikers off at 8:10. 

SUPPORT: There will be two rest stops on the course with fluids and light snacks.  There will be course marshals at all the peaks and on the course.  There will be a sweep group hiking at the back to check on all the participants.   The Forsyth Ham Radio group will be providing support and helping us track the participants again this year.  This is a challenging course, so train and plan accordingly. Support will end at 3:30 PM. There will be food trucks at the start/finish area for a meal after the challenge.  All participants will receive a $10 voucher for use at the food trucks.  There will be an 8 mile training hike (partial course route, 4 of the peaks) on Saturday, March 26th (rain date March 27th).  If you are interested in doing the training hike, use the “contact us” portal at the bottom of this page and we will send you logistics information on the hike.  

SWAG: Participants will receive a bib, t-shirt, patch, $10 lunch food voucher, bandana, REI bag, and a map.  

DOGS: There are dog categories in this year’s event.  There is an additional $10 charge for a dog, and you will receive a bandana for your dog. Dogs will be permitted with hikers if the owner takes responsibility for the dog and keeps it on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet during the event.  All dogs must have the proper vaccines (including rabies) to be in a public setting with other pets. . 

PACKET PICKUP: We will have packet pickup at the Hanging Rock General Store (3500 Moore’s Springs Road, Westfield, NC 27053) at the following times:  Wednesday 3/30 and Thursday 3/31 from 4-6PM.  Packet pickup will also be held Friday 4/1 at shelter #4 at Hanging Rock State Park (start location in lake parking lot) from 4:30-7PM. Also you can pick up your packet between 7:30 and 8:00 am on Saturday before the hike.

2019 race starting crowd