Great trail for kids and dogs.

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Would categorize as more of a walk than a hike, but perfect with kids and beautiful pastures the whole way.

beautiful hike well kept trail.. Amazing vistas. of the blue ridge mountains green pastures smooth white clouds looking like a warm quilt to envelop you with warmth from the cool breeze of the mountains. great exercise too

I wanted to do a variation on this trail, so I started up the Deer Park Road, then turned to go by the Apple Barn. Continued up to the Manor House on the Watkins Road. It made for a very pleasant loop. Since all the trails are carriage roads, the grade is never very steep. Plus, walking in running shoes is fine, since there are very few rocks and roots to worry about. There were many people out on this beautiful spring day.

Great walk. Well marked, all gravel. Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway or at Moses Cone. Plenty of places to bring a picnic. Uphill but not onerous. Good for 6+. Nice views of surrounding area.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail for a more relaxing hike. It’s genuinely more like a walking trail than a hike. The trail is wide and covered in gravel. It seemed good for dogs and younger children as well. Make sure to go all the way to the fire tower at the top for the best view!

hiking
2 months ago

Wide well kept crushed gravel trail. Beautiful views from a variety of terrain including wooded areas and majestic wide open meadows. Side hike to the Cone family cemetery and a fire lookout tower at the top that you can climb. Great for families with children and for walking the family pet.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy fun hike with a. Doggo

too many people, but very nice

Great moderate trail 4 miles Scenic views pics to follow

hiking
2 months ago

A simple trail that’s well signed and very well maintained. Many locals use it as an exercise loop. Good for young kids to get them into hiking larger trails. Easy vehicle access year round.

Easy walk on a gravel road with a fire tower at the top of the mountain. Good views of the surrounding area. There’s also a side trail to the Cone family cemetery with it’s own views. And as someone else noted (but I forgot about), don’t follow the gps directions. It will take you down a restricted service road. Use the entrance off the Parkway. I was there on a dark, rainy day in early March so this is probably a lot nicer later in the spring through fall.

Easy trail no challenge

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

nice but muddy

3 months ago

A very beautiful hike with areas to rest if you need to. We had a great time.

Stunning panaromic views when at the top of the fire tower. Gorgeous meadows and woods.

Nice and simple. Not crowded on this cold day

backpacking
3 months ago

Very easy packed gravel the whole way. Perfect for kids and dogs.

Hiked on a cold winter morning.

Did this one backward today (Feb 1), parking down at the Bass Lake access point since the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed for ice. It was a lovely walk in the woods through the fog and an inch or two of snow- just what I was looking for! Had the porch of the manor house to myself when we stopped for lunch. While I might have wished for more of a challenge terrain-wise in another trip, since I had a friend’s dog in addition to mine (both leashed), I appreciated the wide carriage paths this time.

Great trail. Extremely windy at parts, but once you make it past those bits it starts to die down. Don’t follow the gps driving directions in because it will take you to a service road (blue ridge parkway was closed due to weather conditions), which you’re not supposed to use. We learned this upon returning to our car where a nice, but concerned park ranger was waiting to inquire about why we were parked there. Oops!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice and peaceful

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

Easy trail, but cannot see the lake most of the hike.

nature trips
6 months ago

absolutely breathtaking. one of our favorite trails. a hidden gem. sorda want to keep this one a secret so it stays unpopular.

A groomed, gradual-grade trail for any skill level. After departing the Moses H. Cone Craft Center area and emerging from the tunnel under the Parkway, the early views across rolling pastures and meadows give way to switchbacks through thick deciduous forest until you reach the summit and fire tower. Wonderful hike in the fall, with sweeping vistas across the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape.

hiking
7 months ago

The full loop doesn’t exist you end up walking about 1.5 mi and part of it on road in

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day and beautiful trail. Very easy walking and extremely pleasant with excellent views

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