Day-of Registration

Those individuals that would like to come to Reach The Peaks, may come and register day of. No one will be turned away.
Runners need to register (day of) by 7:30 a.m. and hikers need to register by 8:30 a.m.
See you at Hanging Rock State Park!

Press Release 2016

image2    2016 Reach the Peaks Challenge Set for September 24
Day Of Registration ends at 10am

If you’re looking for the ultimate recreational challenge, look no further than Hanging Rock State Park and the 4th annual “Reach the Peaks” hiking/trail running challenge scheduled for Saturday, September 24.

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, for the second year this event will offer two participant options, trail running and hiking.  The event will begin at the Visitor’s Center Parking lot with day of check in/registration taking place for trail runners beginning at 7:30am and for hikers from 8:30am to 10:00am.  The trail run will begin promptly at 8:30am, with the hiking portion beginning with a staggered start from 9am to 10:00am.

img_3049This trail challenge is as unique as the Sauratown Mountain range. There is just something special about it,” stated park superintendent Robin Riddlebarger.  “The greatest thing about this hike is the positive spirit on the trail.  It is not easy for anyone to hike ten miles up five mountain peaks.  But the camaraderie and attitude of everyone encouraging each other is awesome and contagious.  Hikers will want to keep going, to conquer the next ascent, find inspiration in the scenery, and to challenge themselves” said Riddlebarger.

image1-006During the 2015 challenge, almost 400 people completed the challenge in some of the wettest, foggiest, coldest, most miserable conditions, but still waltzed through to the finish line smiling. This year the committee has decided to plan big and prepare for up to 750 participants, limiting the challenge to the first 600 hikers and 150 trail runners.

Those in attendance will receive an event t-shirt, bandana, post-hike meal, and trail comfort/hospitality.  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.

img_3050Triad Outdoor Painters Association will also be present during the event, capturing the parks landmarks and vistas on canvas, which will be displayed and on sale at the Reach the Peaks Gallery reception in the Visitors Center on Sunday, October 9 from 2pm to 4pm.

Peak Sponsors for the 2016 Reach the Peaks include Flow Subaru, VF Corporation,  Employee Benefit Advisors, Dan River Company, Farm to Feet, and Great Outdoor Provision Company.  Trail sponsors include Singletree Gun & Plough, George Farmhouse, Danbury General Store, Luna’s Trail & Farm, Froggy Waters Outdoors, Newberry Manor, Beautiful Earth, Moore’s Springs Manor, Carolina Ziplines, Carroll Signs, Village Outdoors, Green Heron Ale House and Leonard Turf & Landscape.

img_3047Hanging Rock State Park is the 2012 North Carolina State Park of the Year with over 8,000 acres of hiking trails, waterfalls, lake/beach/bathhouse, campground/cabins, visitor’s center, and Dan River access.

For more information call 336 593-8159.

Eddy McGee, Executive Director
Stokes County Arts Council
336 593-8159

T-shirt Deadline Extended

The Reach the Peaks t-shirt deadline has been extended to to September 9, 2016 at 5pm, the same date as the Advanced Registration deadline. Thanks to everyone who contacted us regarding this. Please spread the word, as we now have over 230 of the 600 hiking spaces filled and over 30 of the 150 trail running spaces filled.  For more information or call 336 593-8159.

Planning Meeting

It takes a lot of careful coordination and planning to ensure a successful event. We love promoting the park, tourism and fundraising. In this picture Dave Cook, representing the friends group, meets with park superintendent, Robin Riddlebarger and the arts council executive director, Eddy McGee and Tory McGee, stokesarts board VP took the photo.

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Save The Date

next-yearMark Your Calendars: Now that the 2015 Extreme Reach The Peaks event is complete…. We want to let everyone know that Rain or Shine, we will be doing this all again next year September 24, 2016. Registrations will not open up till Spring of 2016, but for all the details and to re-live the event thru pictures and video visit #reachthepeaks

2015 Event Info

Day of registration will begin at the Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center Parking Lot for the trail running portion at 7am on Sept 26 with the run starting at 8:30 am. Unlimited spaces remain for day of trail running registration.

Day of registration for the hiking portion begins at 8:30 am on Sept 26 with a staggered start from 9am to 10:30 am.

The After Party will be at the Green Heron Ale House, 1110 Flinchum Rd, Danbury, NC 27016 from 2-5pm. The Oink-n-Cluckin’ Food Truck will be there for folks who are hungry. Inside Dave Hoskins, proprietor, will have Harpoon Brewery of Boston Ale Tasting.

2015 Goodies

The folks at the Stokes County Arts Council and Friends of the Sauratown Mountains are hard at work getting ready for the event this Saturday. Here are some images we have posted on our Facebook page.




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