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Cone Manor to Bass Lake Trail

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Moses H Cone Memorial Park

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.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 488 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching




partially paved



wild flowers


1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

Nice and simple. Not crowded on this cold day

3 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Beautiful relaxing hike with nice smooth roads which make it easy to enjoy the lovely scenery.

10 months ago

A very solid trail. We started at the bottom and walked to the mansion and back. It was pretty easy. My wife carried our 17lb infant and she handled it with ease. Very pretty along the way.

10 months ago

Wide gravel trail, just fine with a running stroller (we pushed my 5 month-old on it), dogs, family friendly. Lots of shade, perfect for a warmer day.

11 months ago

This is an amazing and very scenic place. Great folk art center and great trails with superb views.

Mon Mar 25 2019

We didn’t take the entire trail, but went around the lake and up the side to join in near the orchard, we basically cut off the maze portion, but was still a 5 mile walk. The trail is pretty wide, and mostly gravel and not rugged at all. Great views, was really enjoyable for the entire family, although the teenagers like a bit more ruggedness so they can climb more.

Wed Feb 27 2019

Beautiful hike overall. Nothing blooming yet, but still very pleasant! Gentle decline to the lake followed by a gentle incline up the other side. There were a couple fallen trees wet had to hop over, nothing too bad. Definitely more of a walk than a hike. Note that there are tons of permutations of this hiking area. You can do anywhere from 1 to 10+ miles of trail. We went from Cone Manor to Bass lake, skipped "The Maze" and back to Cone Manor up the other side. Overall it was just under 5 miles.

Sun Dec 23 2018

very nice, easy trail, not much scenery though. beautiful after snow, with lots of rhododendrons. the Cone Manor house is beautiful, but needs the restorations badly.

Thu Nov 08 2018

Very nice area to hike on a day trip from Charlotte

Tue Sep 11 2018

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!

Sun Jul 15 2018

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.

Thu Jun 28 2018

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.

Tue Jun 26 2018

fun hike. lunch on lake

Mon Jun 25 2018

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

Mon Jun 04 2018

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.

Wed May 23 2018

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.

Sun Apr 15 2018

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

Sun Mar 04 2018

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".

Tue Jan 23 2018

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

Sun Aug 20 2017

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Sun Jul 23 2017

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

Sun Jul 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.

Thu Jun 29 2017

Awesome hike

Wed 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.

bird watching
Wed Apr 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.

Wed Dec 21 2016

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

Sun Oct 23 2016

Great trail for dogs and kids.

Fri Jul 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.

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