Trout Lake Carriage Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina 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.
This is a pleasant trail. Enjoyable for children.
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.