Day Trip - Hanging Rock State Park, Hillbilly Hide-a-way Restaurant and Danbury NC

Sunday, Zabrina and I decided to take a day trip and head up to Hanging Rock State Park by Danbury NC. We went to the Welcome Center area for parking and took the initial gentle hike to Hanging Rock which got a bit harder, but not to bad, probably 4 or so miles total. Some spectacular views to be had for sure and then we went and took a short hike to one of the less-than-spectacular waterfalls. 

After we finished hiking, we decided to go over and get a bite to eat at Hillbilly Hide-a-way Restaurant. We went there 3 or so years ago and the claim to fame for this place is that Billy Ray Cyrus had eaten here and I think played on occasion at the music hall in the rear. We were told by the owner that she and her daughter had followed Billy Ray and Miley around on tour for a long time, maybe a full tour or something…so they have pictures of the Cyrus family all over around the register. 

For some reason, the food seemed like it was better 3 years ago, not that it was bad, just perhaps we had eaten so much, we might have made ourselves sick. It is a buffet, but they have a fixed menu which is 3 meit’s (chicken, meatloaf, and ham), some veggies and starches (mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn), breads (2 different kinds of bread…one a corn bread and one biscuit like), a tasty slaw and some delicious fried apples. You just ask for more of what you want and they bring it to you. Folks are super nice. We opted for the desert which I mistakenly overfilled and ate the banana pudding on the spot. 

I had to pull over and take a short nap before taking on the 2 hour drive home.


Iris, a pit bull / hound dog mix…a real cutie. 

Mandatory “Beast” picture.


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