Deer Park Loop is a 3 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: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 659 feet Route Type: Loop

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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
2 months ago

The start of this trail is across and about 50 yards down the road from the parking area (the MTS trail heads out the other direction, which is confusing). Also, parking spaces are limited, so go early! The first 1/2 mile is uphill (starting with a staircase from the road up to the trail), single lane and rugged - but easy to follow. After climbing over the barbed wire ladder (the only place challenging for dogs), the trail becomes one of the Moses Cone carriage trails: graveled and easy. The next hurdle is the gate into the Deer Park Loop. It seems to be bolted shut, but the bolt is actually a handle for sliding the locking board to open/close the gate. Inside the gate the trail is beautiful, wide and grassy. It winds gradually up to the peak before continuing on to a lovely mountain top meadow. This time of year (early spring) the views are wonderful because there are no leaves on the trees yet. Great hike and a great way to “socially distance!”

It was a nice east walk. Went on a blurry snow day so not much of a view but still nice! Saw some beautiful deer!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. 4 out of 5 is high praise. I’ve hiked the entire AT and only a few places along that 2190+/- miles are worthy of 5. Good footpath up to a carriage trail. Then a very nice footpath through an amazing butterfly haven. If you stop at the first clearing you’ll miss out on the butterflies. One review said that it was overgrown and not well maintained, that was NOT my experience.

hiking
Thu Mar 21 2019

Steep start, levels off some at a the top and turns into a slow grade up. Rich Mountain was beautiful.

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Aug 16 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Sep 24 2017

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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19 days ago

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