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Trout Lake Carriage Trail

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Moses H Cone Memorial Park

Trout Lake Carriage Trail is a 3.6 mile out and back 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 best used from September until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 298 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for kids and dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Great moderate trail 4 miles Scenic views pics to follow

Sun Sep 23 2018

Beautiful waterfall at the end! Took 2 hours, not an easy hike!

Wed May 09 2018

Nice trail to run.

Fri Aug 25 2017

we like to ride our horses on the trail good place to park and also leads to the other Moses cone trails it is close to home don't take long to get there either

walking
Tue Apr 11 2017

Not much to see but if your into getting out and exercising then this the trail for you. Should be very nice when the flowers are in bloom.

hiking
Mon Nov 21 2016

This is a pleasant trail. Enjoyable for children.

Fri Sep 23 2016

Pretty at lake.

Thu Apr 21 2016

Great trail very easy to walk on gravel road to lake. And yes horses do travel on this road so be prepared for poo.

hiking
Mon Mar 28 2016

I did this trail with my family over the weekend. We actually took the fork for the Rich Mountain Trail and hit a gate and turned around at the gate (right before the big field Rich Mountain Trail exits into). We came back down and then did a loop around the trail and back to Moses Cone manor where we started. In total a 7 mile out and back trip. Easy hike, pretty views and good work out.

hiking
Tue Jan 26 2016

The views with snow and without leaves are subtly glorious. I'm going to use it in the future as a starting point for some longer hikes and maybe camping.

hiking
Sat Oct 10 2015

Not super impressed with the trail as there was a massive amount of horse poop (didn't know it was a horse friendly trail). Because of the horses and poop it isn't a great place to take your dog at all. Still insanely pretty views of the lake and a neat little stream along the way to explore!

Sun Sep 13 2015

Great hike/walk. Beautiful views and gravel road. Only thing you have to watch out for is horse poop from the carriage rides they have. Round trip 5 miles.

Thu Aug 27 2015

great trail to bring friends or family on, gravel all the way but with side trails if you want something different on the way up

running
Tue Jun 02 2015

Smooth gravel path , gradually up for 3miles to a 60ft ranger tower with a great view. 3miles back down trail.

hiking
Wed Apr 22 2015

I really enjoy walking and hiking at Moses Cone Park. The setting is beautiful with lots of wooded areas along with open clearings and lakes giving you various environments to explore. The hike to Flat Top tower is a bit of a challenge because of the length (5.4 RT) but the walking is easy and no steep inclines. The carriage trail's packed gravel surface is a pleasant break if you have been doing a lot of roots and rocks type trails. You can get in some distance without having to watch your step and just take in the view. I look forward to exploring the rest of the trail system.

hiking
Wed Aug 27 2014

easy...nothing spectacular.

hiking
Mon Sep 30 2013

This is an equestrian trail which is awesome for horses but I'm not too big a fan. The hike up to Flat Top Tower is worth it as you get 360 degree view of NC and VA. If you prefer a sandal style hiking shoe you're in for it on these gravel equestrian trails. Also, Trout Lake isn't all that enjoyable since you don't get much time walking near the water. If you want a lake hike drive south on BRP another few miles and hike Price Lake.

hiking
Sun Sep 29 2013

There are many trails in this park. One goes around the lake which is a long hike but great on horse back. There is another that leads to a fire tower. This one is reached by heading north from the "bathrooms" and going under the parkway. You will go through woods and it opens up into a huge field. Did this hike in February. Be prepared for strong cold wind! The views from the fire tower are worth the trip!

hiking
Fri Aug 16 2013

The trail is accessible all year, providing equestrians, fishermen, hikers, cross-country skiers, and trail runners lots of enjoyment at Moses Cone. The loop is good. Part way through, you cross Flannery Fork Rd, a gravel road going to Boone, NC. Nice lake, parking on the other side of the lake. Keep going past the lake and the carriage road loops around to the top of Rich Mtn.

hiking
Thu Aug 16 2012

Not a lot to see beyond trees until you reach the lake but it's peaceful and the wide carriage paths make it a good trail for families. Hiked it with my wife and two-year-old and had no difficulties.

hiking
Sun Jul 22 2012

This is a great walk just about any time of year. We pick it up at Bass Lake and walk the Maze most often. The trail is quite wide and well marked. It's a great trail to take our (small) dog for a walk. The lake is beautiful and the maze is just a good stroll in the woods.

hiking
Wed May 16 2012

Definitely a nice easy trail. Beautiful Lake scenery and trail is well marked and easy to follow.

nature trips
Thu Sep 22 2011

Moses Cone carriage trail around the lake is breath taking especially in the fall. Perfect spot for a romantic stroll and picnic by the water under the spectacular canopy of autumn leaves spinning down from the tree tops. Great for dog lovers and horse back riding too. Trail around the lake is level enough for strollers and the elderly.

recorded Trout Lake Carriage Trail

horseback riding
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hiking
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hiking
7 months ago

recorded PBR to Trout Lake (loop)

hiking
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