My wife and I enjoyed this hike. This would be a great hike for the whole family. I would warn any children along for the hike that the tower is off limits at the top to avoid argument and/or disappointed looks from the little ones. The tower is accessible but probably not the place you want to let your kids walk up. There's virtually no railings. Otherwise the trail is amazing, gravel paved, well-maintained with many sweeping views. They allow horseback.
I love this trail!!! Great for trail running as it is well marked and maintained. I enjoyed the overlook just above Blowing Rock. Gorgeous! And then climbing the fire tower. Not for the faint of heart, but hey, I hate heights and I conquered my fear. Amazing views at the top!
Nice trail, not very difficult. Trail was clearly made for horses so path is even and not very steep all the way up. The trail crosses through a field where the cone gravesite is and has some nice views of the mountains from there. The real view is at the top of the fire tower though, amazing view of the nearby area including Appalachian State.