Flat Top Mountain Trail

EASY 61 reviews

Flat Top Mountain Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Fairly easy trail that takes you along a few switchbacks and a nice walk along one of the parks many meadows. It begins at Flat Top Manor and along the way is short detour to Cone Cemetery. The trail is then switchbacks through the forest all the way to the summit with two decent overlooks along the way. Once you reach the top, you will find the fire tower which is about 4 stories and lets you stand just above the tree line.

12 days ago

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.

2 months ago

Easy wide trails. Rewarding view at the fire tower.

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

Nice trail

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

I find the trail extremely boring and easy. It's basically a gravel hiking trail that winds up and down hills. I will say it is an excellent trail to run.

hiking
4 months ago

Great gravel trail through fields and covered paths. Beautiful view from the tower! Lots of shortcuts can take over a mile off the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of the trails that you can do in rain, mud or when other hikes are not so pleasant, because it goes up on a gravel road. The scenery is nice, but the tower did not grow with the trees, so the view is not 360 degree any more. It still very nice. You may extend your hike and visit the trout lake, which is OK, but to go next to the water is very limited.

4 months ago

Love this trail

5 months ago

This trail is easy and beautiful! I loved the open field about a mile into the trail. A great hike to do with friends or even alone!

Nice open trail. My two year old was able to walk it easily. My only negative is the tower was closed and it was heavily trafficked even during the week (parking was full). Will definitely go back, hopefully when not so foggy.

road biking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

If I had only one trail to hike around Blowing Rock, this would be it. Great change of pace after hiking many moderate to hard trails. Rewarding views after every few minutes. Took more pics on this hike than ever before.

7 months ago

fun trail. easy enough for all skill levels

walking
9 months ago

First hiked this trail about 2 years ago, just went back for more. 24 miles of diverse trails within a small area. Will go back for a third trip soon. Great scenic views all along the way.

walking
9 months ago

Nice stroll through the countryside. Wonderful overlook from the tower at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Best Trail In The Blue Ridge Parkway. Nice Views And Well Maintained.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nice easy trail. 15 min one way. Views are amazing.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Great views all along this trail.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed this hike. This would be a great hike for the whole family. I would warn any children along for the hike that the tower is off limits at the top to avoid argument and/or disappointed looks from the little ones. The tower is accessible but probably not the place you want to let your kids walk up. There's virtually no railings. Otherwise the trail is amazing, gravel paved, well-maintained with many sweeping views. They allow horseback.

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