Deer Park Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Deer Park Loop is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
150 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

A lesser used Moses Cone carriage trail. Includes a double loop similar to The Maze, only smaller. Open and shut the wooden gate to enter. Take the right fork 100 yards from the gate to go to a field with a nice lookout. Double back and take the right fork to wind up and down the hilltop on a classic Moses Cone road design. It will bring you back near the gate.

hiking
24 days 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.

hiking
24 days ago