Land Manager: State of NC, Hanging Rock State Park
Area Rep: Kristi Cooke [email protected]
Amazing quartzite in the NC piedmont. With numerous classic routes, including one of the best 5.7s in the state (Zoo View), Moore's is an excellent destination for the trad climber. Routes at Moore's require a cool head, the ability to place good gear in sometime less than obvious placements, and the strength to hold on while doing it. Moore's is also home to a host of fantastic boulder problems with several distinct areas and many classic lines.
What to Expect
The descents are not obvious at times, but there are fixed rap stations located at strategic spots or you can walk down the trail and the gully between the amphitheater and the Dolphin Head area.
Climbers visiting Moore's Wall can now enjoy a nice parking lot that was installed by Hanging Rock State Park. The parking lot was designed specifically for climbers. The parking lot can accomodate 15-20 cars, so take care not to overwhelm its capacity, park to maximize the available space and carpool from the Torys Den parking area if needed.
As with all NC State Parks with climbing, be sure to fill out a permit and keep your copy with you. Please repect the closure times posted on the sign in the parking lot and plan to be back at your car before the area closes.
From Winston Salem take Hwy 52N to exit 122 (Moore - RJR Dr). Head east until you hit Rt 66 and take a left. Follow Rt 66 to Moore's Spring Rd and take a right. A half a mile later you'll take a right onto Mickey Rd, then a right onto Charlie Young Rd. Go 3/4 mile (passing the parking area for Torys Den), and take a right onto Hooker Farm Rd. where Charlie Young Rd ends. Follow this for 1/2 mile or less and take the first right on Climbing Access Rd. Parking is found a short distance beyond the right turn. The parking area is gravel and is on level ground. There is an outhouse and water available at the parking area.
Camping is available in Hanging Rock State park. Please do not camp in the parking area.