Hanging Rock State Park, about 30 miles north of Winston-Salem, is named for a rock outcropping that hangs (hence the name) over the edge, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding (relatively flat) countryside. Hanging Rock is part of the Sauratown Mountains, a relatively small subrange of the entire Appalachian system that is separated from the rest of the range. It’s highest peak is Moore’s Knob, which tops out at 2,579 feet above sea level and is contained within the park’s boundaries. The most famous peak in the Sauratown range is Pilot Mountain, which has its own state park (though no waterfalls) and is located 20 miles west.
But while the view of Hanging Rock alone might be enough to visit, the park also has several other trails and five waterfalls you can visit to easily make an entire day.