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My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

Don't bother with this trail. There are no scenic vistas. The lake views are mediocre at best. There are better lakes with more scenic views along the Blue Ridge. Spend your time at those. Julian Price Lake and nearby Bass Lake come to mind,

hiking
2 days ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

First I just did the walk around the lake and did not hike the "maze" portion.

This was a nice lake. What sets it apart of the ordinary is an island in the middle of the lake. That really adds some interest to the composition. Also, lily pads grow abundantly around the perimeter of the shore adding foreground interest. I wasn't there at the "golden hour" but I intend to go back sometime because I think the scene would be even better.

The only reservation I have is that the park is open from "dawn to dusk" what ever that means. So I'm not sure if golden hour photography is possible. I hope so.

Wide trail with surprisingly open high meadows. Must climb the tower and feel the cool breeze at the pinnacle! Watch for horse evidence.

About a 5.25 mike hike from the Moses Cone parking lot. The hike was beautiful but not too difficult, the path is well maintained and wide. We took our dog as well as our infant with us with no problem, the biggest plus was that the tower at the end of the trail is still in use (not closed).

Be careful trying to take the shortcuts coming down. We ended up following a game trail that dumped us almost 4 miles down the parkway.

We were looking for a toddler friendly trail. The wildflowers and wildlife made it beautiful and the gravel made it easy.

The meadow at the base of the mountain, around the Cone cemetery, is our favorite spot for wildflowers in the area.

Nice for a great walk or running trail. Don’t actually consider this hiking, personally. The trail is extremely wide (with horse droppings) so this fit in more as a nature walk. Pretty scenery and easy for everyone.

Easy, wide open hike. Horses walk this trail frequently. Part of the trial is being worked on and “closed” but you can still navigate around.

hiking
1 month ago

Rewarding falls at the end! Trail is tight in the beginning but opens up for a nice decent to the bottom. Waterfall is beautiful and great for a mid hike rest! Trail diverges towards the end, stay left. If you go right, you’ll navigate over/under/through fallen trees. Not the right way!

Overall: great hike! Be prepared for the assault back up to the top!

A calm and peaceful place. I loved the view of Cone Manor tucked in between the mountains. The water lillies & flowers on Bass Lake were lovely.

fun hike. lunch on lake

This is one of our favorite hikes, perfect for a nice afternoon outing.

Nice easy walk or jog. Arrive early to take advantage of the cooler mornings and fewer people. Nice scenery on the longer trails.

Easy walk and it is always a bit breezy there.

Trail was kept up very nicely and was clear of stumps. Pretty easy hike and the views are great. I recommend coming and enjoying the trails and nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Very steep trail with amazing flora and an awesome water fall at the bottom called thunder hole. additionally if you continue past thunder hole you can connect to the lower china creek trail a 4.5 mile loop with plenty of river crossings a few waterfalls and a couple good spots for swimming.

My husband and I decided to hike the trail from Bass Lake to Cone Manor today. I was intrigued by the manor house and wanted to make a longer outing than just driving to the manor. As most others have mentioned, the trail is gravel and really easy to walk. Even the incline from the lake to the manor is very gradual. I gave this 3 stars though because it's overall kind of dull. I was most fascinated by the overgrown orchards but they are blocked from access by barbed wire and nailed gates.

hiking
3 months ago

What seemed like forever to get to the top was well worth it! Easy well groomed walkway.

Nice hike on a beautiful Wednesday. We saw the bridge across Boone Forks a few weeks back so decided to try coming at the falls by a different route. Took Rich Mountain trail to the MST down to Hebron Falls. Nice hike but all uphill on the way back. Makes for a good workout

Nice trail to run.

on Bass Lake Loop Trail

3 months ago

Easy. Scenic and BUSY. Wouldn’t recommend this place durning tourist season.

on Trout Lake Loop Trail

3 months ago

Quick. Easy. Quite.

Less popular than bass like and not a lot of crowds like at bass

Great place to relax. Very flat and easy scroll.

Nice steady incline..

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was very nice. Hikers and horseback riders were very friendly. Manor mansion view was spectacular.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, flat, and short hike around a lake.

great hike to finish my week on blowing rock.wide open trail with views all around. firetower was worth it. took the short cuts on way back to cut about 1/4 mile off

hiking
4 months ago

Flat. It’s a perfect place for strollers. There’s a cool water pool at one side of the lake. There’s several species of water fowl here.

I walk this every chance I get! So relaxing!

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