Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Great, well groomed carriage road leading up through pastures and rolling hills to the observation tower. The views to the east and north are very pretty. Perfect for solo, couples, families, children, dogs, horses, etc

Beautiful views!

Fairly easy well maintained trail with a
beautiful meadow part way up. All inclined up to the tower, nice views across meadow and up near top on switchbacks. Very windy, tighten your hats.

hiking
11 days ago

Nothing special on this trail. It’s the same concept as Rich Mountain and the other Cone trails but overgrown, unkept, and to nowhere. No significant views, no interesting features. About all I could see it being used for is horseback riding or extended your hike just for the sake of mileage.

We love this trail. It has beautiful views. Great footing. It’s decently trafficked even in the winter so I never get creeped out hiking alone with my toddler.

Beautiful waterfall at the end! Took 2 hours, not an easy hike!

hiking
27 days ago

Great walking trail. Easy, flat and semi smooth trail. Perfect for a walk with our lab. Enjoyed the walk. Hoping in the future to fish the lake.

We are pretty sure we saw a bobcat in the meadow on our last hike. It had all the right features -black ears, tawny body, about 2’ high. They sometimes hunt in the daytime. It was disappearing into a thicket as we glimpsed it.

Lovely walk through the woods. Every trail on the Cone Estate is worth doing - they are all well-maintained and beautiful. This route in particular has a chance of seeing wildlife - we saw two fawns and many chipmunks and birds. It's long enough to get some cardio, but not strenuous by any means. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a peaceful walk in the woods. Getting to sit in one of the rockers on the manor's porch and chat with a stranger (new friend) is an added bonus!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail! Any time we're in the Blowing Rock area, this trail is on the must-do list. It's long, but gradually sloping - well-maintained and wide enough to share with others on foot or horseback. The meadow is gorgeous - during the summer months, it is full of milkweed and butterflies. Views of the surrounding mountains are excellent. From the meadow to the tower, it's a nice walk with switchbacks and plenty of flowers. Any of the Cone trails are worth doing!

walking
1 month ago

Could you ask for a more beautiful ~1 mile route to walk or run? I don't think so. The path is crushed gravel and relatively even - the views are stunning, even in the fog. Absolute heaven.

hiking
1 month ago

My family and I loved this trail. We have four kids ages 6 to 17, and everyone enjoyed this equally. We have hiked a lot of trails over the years, and our kids prefer technical trails with lots of rocks and roots, so I was worried this might be a little boring for them, but the scenery is so beautiful, it was just as fun as some more difficult trails. It is uphill the whole way to the fire tower, so that makes it challenging enough. We also saw chipmunks and deer which everyone loved! It was a rainy day, and we had started out on some more difficult trails, but the slippery conditions forced us to quit those. This was the perfect trail for a post rain hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I'm going to start with some quick info if you don't feel like reading my whole review: The trail is narrow, overgrown and there are snakes so stay alert. The hike down is deceptively easy while the climb back can be brutal if you're only a casual hiker. Phone service is non-existent because of the valley so don't rely on that to get help.

Firstly, there's really only a small parking spot for maybe 2 vehicles, but the equestrian place across the way doesn't mind you parking in their area. Second, I recommend bringing some sort of walking stick for crossing the creek and the hike uphill coming back. The waterfall was okay, but it seams small and the trees have grown in front of it. The trail itself is narrow so watch your step; there's a lot of overgrowth and we very nearly stepped on a rattlesnake we didn't see at first. We actually ended up going 3 miles down and 3 miles back just to explore. The climb coming back is not for the casual hiker and it's a pretty consistent fight the whole way. Loved the challenge, but again, be prepared for a difficult hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great wide gravel road, goes uphill most of the way (kids and I only made it .5 mile out) but the trail does continue. They loved watching the cows and calves in the field we made it to. The directions given by google maps are incorrect. I believe the actual location for parking is 36°09'06.5"N 81°42'18.6"W. It is right near the road to the Trout Lake Parking area but I didn't see signs for the trail or for trout lake.

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 months 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.

walking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months 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
4 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.

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