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.

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
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

Nice trail to run.

on Bass Lake Loop Trail

2 months ago

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

on Trout Lake Loop Trail

2 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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!

Very nice hike - nice view from the Cone Manor, but most of the trail is a great walk through the woods and around the lake. We didn't know the trail as well as most - and since the trail really isn't marked clearly - it's easy to cut out the "maze" section of the hike and go up to the "apple barn".

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

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.

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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

Nice trail

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

hiking
9 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.

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