If you’re looking for the ultimate North Carolina recreational challenge, look no further than Stokes County, North Carolina and Reach the Peaks scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30 at Hanging Rock State Park.
Reach the Peaks, offering a strenuous 10+ mile route, will challenge participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Moore’s Knob, House Rock, Cook’s Wall, Wolf Rock, and Hanging Rock, all in one day. Organized by the Stokes County Arts Council and Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, the challenge offers two participant options, trail running and hiking. The event starts and ends at the Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center Parking lot with day of check in/registration for trail runners beginning at 7 a.m. and for hikers from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The trail run will start promptly at 8 a.m., with the hiking portion beginning with a staggered start from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“We are excited to be hosting the Reach the Peaks challenge once again” stated park superintendent Robin Riddlebarger. “Reach the Peaks is the perfect opportunity to showcase the beauty of Hanging Rock State Park and offer trail runners and hikers a challenging recreational experience.”
Participants will receive an event goodie bag, post-hike meal, and trail comfort/hospitality. The event will be limited to the first 600 hikers and 150 trail runners to register. Reach the Peaks is not a race, but a timer will be displayed for participants interested in recording their time. All participants will be provided an event card to be checked after reaching the summit of each of the peaks. Those who summit all five peaks and complete the hike will receive a specially created “I Conquered Reach the Peaks” embroidered patch.
Triad Outdoor Painters Association will also be on the trails capturing the event and the parks landmarks and vistas on canvas. The artwork will be displayed and for sale at the Reach the Peaks Gallery exhibit in the Hanging Rock State Park Visitors Center the month of October, with a gallery reception scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Peak Sponsors for the 2017 Reach the Peaks include VF Corporation, Flow Subaru, Employee Benefit Advisors, Farm to Feet, Hanesbrands, and Johnson’s Modern Electric, with water sponsor Preferred Health Plan of the Carolinas. Trail sponsors include Singletree Gun & Plough, George Farmhouse, Dan River Company, Luna’s Trail Farm & Event Center, Vaden Homeplace, Green Heron AleHouse, Beautiful Earth, Moore’s Springs Manor, Carolina Ziplines, Carroll Signs, Leonard Turf & Landscape and the Old North State Beard Club.
Hanging Rock State Park is a recent North Carolina State Park of the Year winner with over 7,000 acres of hiking trails, waterfalls, lake/beach/bathhouse, campground/cabins, visitor’s center, and Dan River access.
For more information, visit www.ReachthePeaks.org or call 336 593-8159.