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A long hike in Hanging Rock State Park

This is the Hanging Rock that Hanging Rock State Park is named for; the park was established in 1936 and is an hour NW of Greensboro

This is the Hanging Rock that Hanging Rock State Park is named for; the park was established in 1936 and is an hour NW of Greensboro

Violet cortinarius; I couldn't believe how many different species of mushrooms I encountered walking the trails in the park

Violet cortinarius; I couldn't believe how many different species of mushrooms I encountered walking the trails in the park

The Upper Cascades drop 25 ft. into a tiny pool that people were trying to play in; my hike hit all of the highlights in the park and took 6 exhausting hours

The Upper Cascades drop 25 ft. into a tiny pool that people were trying to play in; my hike hit all of the highlights in the park and took 6 exhausting hours

North Carolina's Mountain to Sea Trail passes through Hanging Rock State Park; the trails were all perfectly marked so it was impossible to get lost

North Carolina's Mountain to Sea Trail passes through Hanging Rock State Park; the trails were all perfectly marked so it was impossible to get lost

This fungus looked like flaking paint or dead leaves; apparently this is the time of year when fungi thrive and this is the perfect climate for them

This fungus looked like flaking paint or dead leaves; apparently this is the time of year when fungi thrive and this is the perfect climate for them

There's an observation tower on the top of Moore's Knob built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s where you can see nearby Pilot Mountain; Moore's Knob is the highest point in central NC at 2579 ft. above sea level

There's an observation tower on the top of Moore's Knob built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s where you can see nearby Pilot Mountain; Moore's Knob is the highest point in central NC at 2579 ft. above sea level

Hanging Rock State Park is located in the Sauratown mountain range, one of the most easterly mountain ranges in NC; the highest points are 2500 ft above sea level while the surrounding countryside averages 800 ft above sea level

Hanging Rock State Park is located in the Sauratown mountain range, one of the most easterly mountain ranges in NC; the highest points are 2500 ft above sea level while the surrounding countryside averages 800 ft above sea level

I wanted to get some hiking in before heading west with Lee to the Rockies; admission to all NC state parks (except Chimney Rock) is free

I wanted to get some hiking in before heading west with Lee to the Rockies; admission to all NC state parks (except Chimney Rock) is free

Many species of mushrooms appear overnight, growing or expanding rapidly; Psilocybin, a naturally occurring chemical in certain psychedelic mushrooms, is being studied for its ability to help people suffering from psychological disorders, such as OCD

Many species of mushrooms appear overnight, growing or expanding rapidly; Psilocybin, a naturally occurring chemical in certain psychedelic mushrooms, is being studied for its ability to help people suffering from psychological disorders, such as OCD

Balanced Rock was the coolest natural feature I saw on my hike; it's quite different from Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Balanced Rock was the coolest natural feature I saw on my hike; it's quite different from Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

In World War I, mosses were used as first-aid dressings on soldiers' wounds, as these mosses were said to absorb liquids 3 times faster than cotton, retain liquids better and are cooler, softer and less irritating

In World War I, mosses were used as first-aid dressings on soldiers' wounds, as these mosses were said to absorb liquids 3 times faster than cotton, retain liquids better and are cooler, softer and less irritating

The owner of this spider web got my award for best artistic design; it looks like a lot of work to create such an elaborate design

The owner of this spider web got my award for best artistic design; it looks like a lot of work to create such an elaborate design

This could be Agaricus bisporus which is the most commonly consumed mushroom in the world; I wasn't about to eat this one since some varieties of poisonous mushrooms closely resemble Agaricus bisporus

This could be Agaricus bisporus which is the most commonly consumed mushroom in the world; I wasn't about to eat this one since some varieties of poisonous mushrooms closely resemble Agaricus bisporus

Tinder fungus grows on the side of various species of tree, which it infects through broken bark, causing rot; they then help dead trees decompose

Tinder fungus grows on the side of various species of tree, which it infects through broken bark, causing rot; they then help dead trees decompose

The hiking trails in Greensboro tend to be relatively flat and without interesting scenery which is why I made my first visit to Hanging Rock State Park

The hiking trails in Greensboro tend to be relatively flat and without interesting scenery which is why I made my first visit to Hanging Rock State Park

Poisonous Coker's Amanita; the campsites were open in the park but the lake and swimming facilities are closed due to the pandemic; most people just did the hike up to Hanging Rock itself

Poisonous Coker's Amanita; the campsites were open in the park but the lake and swimming facilities are closed due to the pandemic; most people just did the hike up to Hanging Rock itself

Hanging Rock State Park is home to the rare Wehrle's salamander and peregrine falcons have been known to nest in the crags on the park's high peaks; I was also alert for copperheads and timber rattlesnakes

Hanging Rock State Park is home to the rare Wehrle's salamander and peregrine falcons have been known to nest in the crags on the park's high peaks; I was also alert for copperheads and timber rattlesnakes

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