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Flat Top Mountain Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily 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: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 606 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Would categorize as more of a walk than a hike, but perfect with kids and beautiful pastures the whole way.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful hike well kept trail.. Amazing vistas. of the blue ridge mountains green pastures smooth white clouds looking like a warm quilt to envelop you with warmth from the cool breeze of the mountains. great exercise too

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk. Well marked, all gravel. Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway or at Moses Cone. Plenty of places to bring a picnic. Uphill but not onerous. Good for 6+. Nice views of surrounding area.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail for a more relaxing hike. It’s genuinely more like a walking trail than a hike. The trail is wide and covered in gravel. It seemed good for dogs and younger children as well. Make sure to go all the way to the fire tower at the top for the best view!

hiking
2 months ago

Wide well kept crushed gravel trail. Beautiful views from a variety of terrain including wooded areas and majestic wide open meadows. Side hike to the Cone family cemetery and a fire lookout tower at the top that you can climb. Great for families with children and for walking the family pet.

hiking
2 months ago

too many people, but very nice

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk on a gravel road with a fire tower at the top of the mountain. Good views of the surrounding area. There’s also a side trail to the Cone family cemetery with it’s own views. And as someone else noted (but I forgot about), don’t follow the gps directions. It will take you down a restricted service road. Use the entrance off the Parkway. I was there on a dark, rainy day in early March so this is probably a lot nicer later in the spring through fall.

2 months ago

A very beautiful hike with areas to rest if you need to. We had a great time.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning panaromic views when at the top of the fire tower. Gorgeous meadows and woods.

backpacking
3 months ago

Very easy packed gravel the whole way. Perfect for kids and dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on a cold winter morning.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Extremely windy at parts, but once you make it past those bits it starts to die down. Don’t follow the gps driving directions in because it will take you to a service road (blue ridge parkway was closed due to weather conditions), which you’re not supposed to use. We learned this upon returning to our car where a nice, but concerned park ranger was waiting to inquire about why we were parked there. Oops!

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

nature trips
6 months ago

absolutely breathtaking. one of our favorite trails. a hidden gem. sorda want to keep this one a secret so it stays unpopular.

hiking
6 months ago

A groomed, gradual-grade trail for any skill level. After departing the Moses H. Cone Craft Center area and emerging from the tunnel under the Parkway, the early views across rolling pastures and meadows give way to switchbacks through thick deciduous forest until you reach the summit and fire tower. Wonderful hike in the fall, with sweeping vistas across the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day and beautiful trail. Very easy walking and extremely pleasant with excellent views

hiking
7 months ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike yesterday, however, it is not marked well and I had to ask where to go to get started as there were several trails in the area. Be sure to follow the trail that goes beneath the bridge.

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice trail with great views. Accurately rated as easy but at the same time not just a stroll through the woods.

hiking
7 months ago

This was one of the most beautiful trails we found along the Parkway. We went about a mile, to the cemetery and up to the top of the grassy knob overlooking Grandfather Mountain and the city of Blowing Rock.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike, used many of the shortcuts to cutoff a few miles. View from the top of the tower was amazing!!!

It was a moderate trail with several mountain sceneries perfect for photo taking.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful well-maintained trail that goes through several changes in scenery. There are some great views near the top which provide great photo opportunities. I did this trail several years ago and it was just as good the second time around.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, wide gravel path that slowly turns up to Flat Top Mountain with great views all along the way. Exactly as advertised - easy and suitable for any time of year. It’s connected to a number of other paths in the area that I hope to come back to soon!

hiking
8 months ago

Disclaimer: this review is from someone who enjoys relatively challenging hikes. My 3 stars is because it lacks much challenge. If you're just someone looking to get out for a nice walk that provides a little uphill and an easy path, you'll enjoy this. It's also a horse trail so it's very well-kept

hiking
8 months ago

Aunt Cindy and I hiked to the top of Flat Top Mountain Trail as our first AllTrails hike in North Carolina. #UMMazing trail - easy and well maintained. Please see my YouTube video - Search for "Uncl3Mik3Mik3 AllTrails"

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was amazing. It had the perfect balance of meadow and mountain scenery. The lookout tower at the top was a great final destination. This hike has a European feel which was very enchanting.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a well maintained road that is part of the Moses Cone park. It has a gradual climb and opens to great views.

hiking
9 months ago

Good mix of open fields with big views and deep woods with shade. Near the top there are some overlooks, and an observation tower at the top where you can get 360 degree views. There are some shortcuts where you can cut across the switchbacks if you want to shorten it a little bit (we did that on the way down). When you start from the parking lot, don't make the mistake we did and try to cross the road - better to go down the steps near the bathroom and take the tunnel under the road.

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect, easy going hike. Butterflies everywhere, really pretty.

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