Explore the most popular hiking trails in Moses H Cone Memorial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

If you want a nice stretch of the legs on a non- strenuous trail, this is it! A nice change from steep, rocky trails. Very peaceful and pretty. Plenty of water along the way for dogs. Not sure if the little streams dry up in the summer, or not. I walked it while leaves were still off the trees so was able to see the surrounding mountain tops. Very nice!

Lovely, easy hike on wide, smooth trails. Gorgeous views at Cone Manor.

Really enjoy this trail. Pretty easy walk uphill to get out to the observation tower. Have done this trail twice. The first time we got up there just as the clouds rolled in and blocked out everything. The second time there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Breathtaking. Really cool view down on to the Blowing Rock to the south and Boone to the north. Highly recommend if you have a couple hours to spend.

2 months ago

one of my faves...be sure to. check out Deer loop trail which veers off left from Rich Mtb loop...nice bald area to hang out and watch wildlife.

Nice easy trail.

Easy wide trails. Rewarding view at the fire tower.

Fun little jaunt! Found lots of cool stuff to eat along the way such as clover, crab apples, berries- easy-breezy quiet and enjoyable!

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3 months ago

Very easy walk, lots of chipmunks along the way to watch. Great view from the fire tower up top!

Nice trail

Emphasis on carriage trail, and if a two-lane, easy walk in the woods with gentle ascent is what you are looking for...this is for you. Heavy horse traffic near the lake. More time may be spent looking down to avoid horse dung than up at the foliage or view. Busy enough to discourage birding.

Easy hike, great views at the end if you climb the tower.

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4 months ago

You can't find this trail on any of the park maps, but the entrance is clearly marked with a sign with the name and distance. And once you walk it, you'll see it is clearly a carriage trail. Wide, graded and drained.

A wooden gate is at the entrance along Rich Mountain trail. Slide the center board to unlatch and swing the gate open. Make sure you close and latch it behind you, as you've been walking in a big cow pasture, if you haven't noticed the flops everywhere. If not, check your boots.

Taking the right side of the loop, we walked around a knoll. A trail forks back to our left, but keep going along a ridge to an acre or two of field with a nice view to the valley below. Then we doubled back. Not a loop, you say? Well, the surprise is yet to come. After all, you've only walked a half mile of a 1.4 mile trail.

When you get to that fork, go right to begin winding around and then back again on a carriage road only a demim textile baron would have the money or inclination to build. A true road to nowhere, but a fun, beautiful walk or horseback ride. And isn't that the point of Cone's roads?

Just keep walking and it will lead you back to where you began.

I find the trail extremely boring and easy. It's basically a gravel hiking trail that winds up and down hills. I will say it is an excellent trail to run.

Great walk/hike today!

Great gravel trail through fields and covered paths. Beautiful view from the tower! Lots of shortcuts can take over a mile off the hike.

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5 months ago

Nice small lake, but not easy to find and getting next to the water is only possible in few places. Some part of the hike is on the road actually. The Bass lake is much nicer in my opinion.

This is one of the trails that you can do in rain, mud or when other hikes are not so pleasant, because it goes up on a gravel road. The scenery is nice, but the tower did not grow with the trees, so the view is not 360 degree any more. It still very nice. You may extend your hike and visit the trout lake, which is OK, but to go next to the water is very limited.

Love this trail

we like to ride our horses on the trail good place to park and also leads to the other Moses cone trails it is close to home don't take long to get there either

Absolutely beautiful!!!

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