Trout Lake Carriage Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, NC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from September until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Pretty at lake.
Great trail very easy to walk on gravel road to lake. And yes horses do travel on this road so be prepared for poo.
I did this trail with my family over the weekend. We actually took the fork for the Rich Mountain Trail and hit a gate and turned around at the gate (right before the big field Rich Mountain Trail exits into). We came back down and then did a loop around the trail and back to Moses Cone manor where we started. In total a 7 mile out and back trip. Easy hike, pretty views and good work out.
The views with snow and without leaves are subtly glorious. I'm going to use it in the future as a starting point for some longer hikes and maybe camping.
Not super impressed with the trail as there was a massive amount of horse poop (didn't know it was a horse friendly trail). Because of the horses and poop it isn't a great place to take your dog at all. Still insanely pretty views of the lake and a neat little stream along the way to explore!
Great hike/walk. Beautiful views and gravel road. Only thing you have to watch out for is horse poop from the carriage rides they have. Round trip 5 miles.
great trail to bring friends or family on, gravel all the way but with side trails if you want something different on the way up
Smooth gravel path , gradually up for 3miles to a 60ft ranger tower with a great view. 3miles back down trail.
I really enjoy walking and hiking at Moses Cone Park. The setting is beautiful with lots of wooded areas along with open clearings and lakes giving you various environments to explore. The hike to Flat Top tower is a bit of a challenge because of the length (5.4 RT) but the walking is easy and no steep inclines. The carriage trail's packed gravel surface is a pleasant break if you have been doing a lot of roots and rocks type trails. You can get in some distance without having to watch your step and just take in the view. I look forward to exploring the rest of the trail system.
If you are at Cone Manor hike the trail to the tower instead. Nice view at the top of this one.
This is an equestrian trail which is awesome for horses but I'm not too big a fan. The hike up to Flat Top Tower is worth it as you get 360 degree view of NC and VA. If you prefer a sandal style hiking shoe you're in for it on these gravel equestrian trails.
Also, Trout Lake isn't all that enjoyable since you don't get much time walking near the water. If you want a lake hike drive south on BRP another few miles and hike Price Lake.
There are many trails in this park. One goes around the lake which is a long hike but great on horse back. There is another that leads to a fire tower. This one is reached by heading north from the "bathrooms" and going under the parkway. You will go through woods and it opens up into a huge field. Did this hike in February. Be prepared for strong cold wind! The views from the fire tower are worth the trip!
The trail is accessible all year, providing equestrians, fishermen, hikers, cross-country skiers, and trail runners lots of enjoyment at Moses Cone. The loop is good. Part way through, you cross Flannery Fork Rd, a gravel road going to Boone, NC. Nice lake, parking on the other side of the lake. Keep going past the lake and the carriage road loops around to the top of Rich Mtn.
Not a lot to see beyond trees until you reach the lake but it's peaceful and the wide carriage paths make it a good trail for families. Hiked it with my wife and two-year-old and had no difficulties.
This is a great walk just about any time of year. We pick it up at Bass Lake and walk the Maze most often. The trail is quite wide and well marked. It's a great trail to take our (small) dog for a walk. The lake is beautiful and the maze is just a good stroll in the woods.
Definitely a nice easy trail. Beautiful Lake scenery and trail is well marked and easy to follow.