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hiking hanging rock

Posted Oct 08 2012 12:00am

Saturday morning, the hubs-to-be and I woke up craving fresh, fall air & foliage so we put on our sneakers, packed a couple of water bottles, grabbed a picnic lunch and took a mini-road trip to escape for the day. We drove 2 hours northwest of Chapel Hill to Hanging Rock Park , a little gem of a place with some great hiking trails and beautiful scenery.

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We’ve had a lot on our plates since he got back from Spain in mid-August. A day free of work, emails, phone calls and deadlines was just what we needed.

The park is named after this massive, hanging rock – which was apparently the place to be on such a gorgeous fall day.

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Hanging Rock was our first stop but definitely not our last. We got off the beaten path a bit and took some smaller, less traveled trails all around the park.

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I even found my own private hanging rock to perch on for a minute or two since the real one was occupied with tourists.

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After a major push up one of the mountains, we stopped for a late lunch with an incredible view.

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Bagel sandwiches might be my happiest hiking lunch ever because they’re packed full of fresh veggies and are incredibly filling fueling. Close to 900 feet of vertical for this = completely worth it. I’d do it every day if I could!

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4 hours and 8 1/2 miles later, we were happily exhausted and excited to get back to the car for the drive home – which was also gorgeous.

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The payoff view was actually looking back on the place we hiked to and ate lunch together.

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As we made our way home, Rob and I came up with our top 5 reasons why we love hiking:

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Question of the Day: What do you love about a long hike in the woods? 

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