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Hanging Rock

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Like the cresting peaks of a giant wave, the sandstone cliffs atop Peters Mountain lean forward, threatening to break across the Greenbrier Valley. Upon this summit at 4,000 feet sits Hanging Rock lookout, a firetower that has been converted into a watch for migratory birds.

Hanging Rock is composed of the super-resistant Tuscarora Sandstone which forms Seneca Rocks to the northeast in West Virginia's eastern panhandle.

A three-mile access trail follows the summit ridge east from a high gap on Route 15, off W.Va.3 south of Gap Mills, West Virginia. The hanging Rock trail is part of the Allegheny Trail System, which intersects the Appalachian Trail 16-miles farther east.

Topo Map

Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

"The Peters Mountain Roar"

Hanging Rock & Nearby Natural Areas