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Rich Mountain Carriage Trail

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Moses H Cone Memorial Park

Rich Mountain Carriage Trail is a 6.3 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 593 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Rich Mountain Carriage-Moses Cone Memorial Park-Blue Ridge Parkway is about is located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This is one of the many longer hikes in Blowing Rock North Carolina. This hike is attached to the Moses Cone Memorial Park trail system called the Rich Mountain Carriage Trail. To get to the starting point get off the Blue Ridge Parkway the exit before you reach Moses Cone Manor and take a right if you are going North on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head towards Shulls Mill Road, go under the Blue Ridge Parkway and pass Trout Lake on your right hand side. After Trout lake its about 1/2 mile on your right you will see a gate that looks like a private driveway. This is the start of the trail. The hike is a nice gradual incline that winds its way to a very large pasture where you can go right to Trout Lake or continue straight and then go right or left which is a loop around. The trail keeps going around the side of the mountain until you reach the upper meadow which is covered by many pretty wildflowers and butterflies. The trail continues to keep circling around the mountain until you reach the summit, where there is a brick wall and a nice oak tree to rest under for a few minutes. This hiking trail is great for families, dogs, and kids of younger ages. The trail is a very gradual incline and very wide enough for horses which frequent the trail.

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7 hours ago

Very easy, super established walking path in a beautiful Natur setting.

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8 days ago

Fairly easy hike up and down. Disappointed with the lack of Mountain View. I think this hike is much better when the leaves are off the trees.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Wide. Well signed. Gravel mostly watch out for horse poop. Lovely views of Grandfather Mountain. Good trail for all ages and skill levels.

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2 months ago

This is a lovely, wide trail that winds its way through the woods and up into an upper mountain pasture. Half the hike is within the pasture area so there are signs about horses and cattle being in the area, however we did not see any farm animals during our hike. This was definitely a nice "short" (2.5 hours out and back) hike with a gradual slope. I would highly recommend for a family with teenagers or older, or for a couples outing. It is currently open during this COVID time.

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2 months ago

Super easy, wide, mostly gravel trail. Great to get out and get your legs moving without having to worry about maneuvering rocks and roots. Some beautiful views at the top!

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2 months ago

Carriage trails are wide enough to easily keep 6' apart while passing others. Even though all trails are flat carriage trails, I appreciated wearing my hiking boots; the trails are rocky enough that the extra support is needed.

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3 months ago

A fun trail to hike. Well manicured. Easy to follow. Good for exercise more than views. Easy access. Great for social distancing.

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3 months ago

wonderful

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6 months ago

a nice stroll along a carriage path.

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8 months ago

Beautiful and well maintained carriage trail.

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10 months ago

Serene, lots of green, beautiful small lake. Highly recommend.

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11 months ago

Awesome day. Beautiful views and natural cooling on a hot day! Agree with others the trail is easy to moderate as it has choices that are not as steep of difficult. Strongly recommend!

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Tue Jun 04 2019

Fun moderate hike with variety-mature woods, meadows, and views. Trail is rated moderate and the inclines are not overly steep. The rating comes from the length of the trail-about 6.3 miles round trip. This is a great trail for an older moderately fit adult. The most difficult incline was the walk up from the Trout Lake parking lot to the trailhead. Most guides recommend parking at the gravel pull out at the gate on Shulls Mill Road. That spot shortens the hike a bit but can quickly fill. An alternate is to park in the Trout Lake Parking lot. The one way entrance to Trout Lake is easy to miss. The entrance is found next to the intersection of Shulls Mill and Flannery Fork Roads. It is easier to spot if you are coming off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The hike can be lengthen to about 10 miles if you use the Trout Lake Road, beginning and ending at Cone Manor. There was an abundance of wildlflowers and butterflies to be seen. Other reviewers mentioned horse traffic. We did not encounter any and saw only a little evidence. Cattle use the meadows hiked through and in a few places you do have to watch your step.

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Wed May 22 2019

Nice wide trail. Decent views. Great simple walk in the woods. My GPS measures 6.9 miles

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Mon May 20 2019

Good trail for kids and dogs. We hiked the 6 miles in about 3.5 hours and this was stopping for a picnic. I would consider this to between easy and moderate. We will definitely go again in the fall.

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Sun Apr 21 2019

Great trail for dogs!

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Fri Mar 01 2019

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Mon Jan 07 2019

Nice gravel road makes an easy hike up the hill.

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Wed Sep 26 2018

It was a foggy day but still a great hike. Clearly marked. We can’t wait to go back on a clear day. We saw lots of animal poop that didn’t all look to be horse. What other animals could it be from? Are there cows that roam that area?

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Thu Aug 30 2018

This is a great hike, easy walk-up with nice views up top and the remains of property up top. For shortcut If you take trailhead stairs off of Old Shulls Rd 3/4 up towards Blue Ridge Parkway its 40 min hike up and 20 minutes down. Enjoyable also if you know history that Moses Cone built the Carriage Way for him and his wife to take horse carriage rides back in late 1800's.

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Sat Jul 14 2018

Easy, wide open hike. Horses walk this trail frequently. Part of the trial is being worked on and “closed” but you can still navigate around.

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Thu May 10 2018

Nice hike on a beautiful Wednesday. We saw the bridge across Boone Forks a few weeks back so decided to try coming at the falls by a different route. Took Rich Mountain trail to the MST down to Hebron Falls. Nice hike but all uphill on the way back. Makes for a good workout

Sat Mar 31 2018

Easy going. Great loop

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Thu Mar 29 2018

Nice wide graveled trails with changes in scenery. Mostly wooded but some nice open pastures. Great lunch spot at the top on a stone wall with 360 degree view. Regularly used by horses but easy to step around the horse biscuits. Nice gentle consistent incline; almost an easy trail but not quite. Park crews were actively clearing deadfall from recent snowstorms right at the top when we were there.

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Wed Feb 14 2018

If you want a nice stretch of the legs on a non- strenuous trail, this is it! A nice change from steep, rocky trails. Very peaceful and pretty. Plenty of water along the way for dogs. Not sure if the little streams dry up in the summer, or not. I walked it while leaves were still off the trees so was able to see the surrounding mountain tops. Very nice!

Tue Dec 05 2017

one of my faves...be sure to. check out Deer loop trail which veers off left from Rich Mtb loop...nice bald area to hang out and watch wildlife.

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Sun Oct 08 2017

Emphasis on carriage trail, and if a two-lane, easy walk in the woods with gentle ascent is what you are looking for...this is for you. Heavy horse traffic near the lake. More time may be spent looking down to avoid horse dung than up at the foliage or view. Busy enough to discourage birding.

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Wed Aug 02 2017

Pleasant uncrowded trail with many options to extend or shorten your hike. One or two good views, but mostly forested. Some interesting rock outcroppings along the trail.

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Mon May 22 2017

awesome trail! me and a friend did this in March when clouds were sitting low. very eery, but great experience all around.

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