Trout Lake Carriage Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews

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.

3.7 miles 364 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
20 days ago

This is a pleasant trail. Enjoyable for children.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Pretty at lake.

7 months ago

Great trail very easy to walk on gravel road to lake. And yes horses do travel on this road so be prepared for poo.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

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!

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

trail running
1 year ago

Smooth gravel path , gradually up for 3miles to a 60ft ranger tower with a great view. 3miles back down trail.

hiking
1 year ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

If you are at Cone Manor hike the trail to the tower instead. Nice view at the top of this one.

hiking
2 years ago

easy...nothing spectacular.

hiking
3 years ago

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.

hiking
3 years ago

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!

hiking
3 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

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.