Cone Manor to Bass Lake Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews

Cone Manor to Bass Lake Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.2 miles
492 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running






wild flowers


10 days ago

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!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

fun hike. lunch on lake

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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".

7 months ago

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nice, wide open trails. Do not believe it's 6 miles. Beautiful lake views

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great wide gravel trails, blooming rhododendrons, beautiful Bass Lake, nice balance between sun and shade... a perfect hike! Also enjoyed looking at the local art in Moses Cone Mansion after our 6.6 mile trek.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Awesome hike

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Good trail to hike! Well maintained with gorgeous views at the top. There is a decent amount of people and horse traffic on this trail though.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nice wooded walk to a lake with a view of the manor and then back. Great place to watch birds, enjoyed watching 3 yellow bellied sap suckers do their thing. Took about 2 hours round trip at a leisurely pace. Direct access to lake from other entry points via another trailhead vs hiking all the way from the manor.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Very easy- it's a flat walk on a gravel path that leads to a paved circle around a lake

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great trail for dogs and kids.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Nice easy enjoyable trail. Plenty of blooming rhododendrons in mid-July. Great views at the top of the trail at the Cone Manor.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Scenery on this hike is so beautiful!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nice, easily accessible trail.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The trail is well-kept and a great hike. My wife and I stumbled across it while completing The Maze and Apple Barn Trails at Bass Lake. Seeing Cone Manor is well worth the winding path which gradually climbs with each turn. You can drive to the manor, but the hike makes it all the more worthwhile.

Monday, April 18, 2016

love Cone Manor property. Beautiful horse trails and walking from the house to the lake then to the orchard.

trail running
Monday, March 28, 2016

I couldn't find the right trail on here to write this review for, so this will have to work.

I started at the parking lot of Bass Lake. I ran west around the lake and hit The Maze trail, ran up by the Apple Barn and instead of going up to the Cone Manor House, I ran back down Deer Park Road to Bass Lake and ran a loop around the lake to finish. This route put be at about 4 miles. The scenery is gorgeous on this route, not the hardest but still enjoyable.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Beautiful October weather and moderate level hike from Manor around Bass Lake and complete the loop. The old orchard was laden with apples--beautiful.

horseback riding
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The entire cone estate has professionally groomed horse carriage trails which are in excellent condition and open to horses, hikers, runners and dogs on leashes. We took the big beasts for a couple trail rides and camped at the nearby blowing rock equestrian preserve which connects to the trail system. The trail to the man-made lake is quite scenic in the fall with the leaves changing. The trail from Cone Manor to flat top tower has stunning views and was definitely our favorite. The tower can be easily climbed for a 360 degree panoramic of the area. Very nice place to visit.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Great family friendly trail!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I've lived near the Cone Estate for most of my life and have only recently begun to explore and hike the many miles of carriage roads this beautiful spot has to offer. Multiple access points and intersecting trails allow you to customize your hike, creating various loops or out and backs The gentle elevation of these trails has allowed me to push for longer distances than I've done before without overdoing it. I love the history here and the preservation of such a large piece of land that would surely be developed by now had it not been set aside. We saw several different groups of people but there was lots of space and time to oneself as well. One of my favorite spots.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I did this trail on horse back. Moses Cone had created these trails for his wife to take carriage rides through the property. To hike on foot may become boring, but it's just fine on horseback. It is a shame you are not allowed to do on bicycle.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Nice walk but it IS a carriage trail not a hike. My 5 year old was bored and annoyed by the horse poop.

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