Explore the most popular birding trails near Blowing Rock with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike. Easy to get to. Has some steep uphills and downhills and small stream crossings, and meadows - basically has it all. Easier to do starting from the pond rather than from across the parkway.

Closed due to storm damage.

The meadow at the base of the mountain, around the Cone cemetery, is our favorite spot for wildflowers in the area.

Nice for a great walk or running trail. Don’t actually consider this hiking, personally. The trail is extremely wide (with horse droppings) so this fit in more as a nature walk. Pretty scenery and easy for everyone.

REGULAR ENTRANCE IS CLOSED! Amazing trail with views. Also has a downed plane a little off the beaten path. Can only be accessed between mile marker 301 and 302 then taking the Tanawa trail to the trailhead this adds an additional 2.8 miles to the trek so plan ahead.

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16 days ago

This was a great little trail to pick up over summer. You're well-covered most of the way under a tree canopy that sometimes closes in to be charming and cozy. The trail itself is mostly uphill and peaceful. There's camping at the end (including a rope line to put your food out of reach). My biggest complaints are the folks who hike in with four itty bittys and a 16oz bottle of water to share between the lot of them, and the utter ambiguousness of the trail ending. It ditches into a series of small campsites, but has no definite end. I ended up traipsing around the woods trying to figure out if there was a view I was somehow missing, before giving up and scrambling up a few rock faces. The views were pretty decent, though challenging to track down.

I *strongly* suggest that if you have the time (and energy, snacks, and water), that you take at least a half mile jaunt up the Cragway Trail (you can access it a little ways back from the end of the Nuwati). The Cragway is steep, narrow, and strenuous, but the views even a little ways up are fantastic. If you're feeling ambitious, you can keep going until you hit the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, take a left, and you'll loop all the way back to the start of the Nuwati (I obviously suggest looking up that route on AllTrails so you're not going in blind).

Such a great trail! We have hiked it several times and love it more each time. It is a great "quicker" hike to get a good workout in for the day. Smooth and quick going in, but more tough coming out.

A calm and peaceful place. I loved the view of Cone Manor tucked in between the mountains. The water lillies & flowers on Bass Lake were lovely.

fun hike. lunch on lake

This is one of our favorite hikes, perfect for a nice afternoon outing.

hiking
27 days ago

Wrong shoe choice proved to be difficult. Bring washed out, but would have been fine with proper shoes.

Nice easy walk or jog. Arrive early to take advantage of the cooler mornings and fewer people. Nice scenery on the longer trails.

awesome! series of waterfalls. good memories

Very nice family trail with some elevation

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice trail, steep decline. It was pretty easy. Mistakenly went after heavy rain and the creek was high. Be careful.

Awesome waterfall at the end

some muddy spots but for tbe most part a nice warm up for the longer hikes.

good trail, really nice waterfalls

Easy walk and it is always a bit breezy there.

Always muddy and a little boring.

Trail was kept up very nicely and was clear of stumps. Pretty easy hike and the views are great. I recommend coming and enjoying the trails and nature.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome adventure on our last hike! The bridge had been washed away so we simply crossed through the creek on the hike in. As soon as we got to the falls we got hit with a massive storm. We raced back up the trail and when we got back to the bridgeless crossing the creek had become a raging river. We used some rope and rigged up a harness so we could safely get through the water without getting swept away. We were soaked but it was an awesome experience!

My husband and I decided to hike the trail from Bass Lake to Cone Manor today. I was intrigued by the manor house and wanted to make a longer outing than just driving to the manor. As most others have mentioned, the trail is gravel and really easy to walk. Even the incline from the lake to the manor is very gradual. I gave this 3 stars though because it's overall kind of dull. I was most fascinated by the overgrown orchards but they are blocked from access by barbed wire and nailed gates.

2 months ago

Took about 1.5 hours round trip with some rest breaks. Wouldn’t call it easy - some flat spots but mostly steady incline. Coming back was a breeze, all downhill. The payoff view is great but you really do have to climb up some rocks to get to it. Reco hiking boots or shoes rather than sneakers but it’s still doable.

We didn’t research this trail so were a little taken aback by a couple of steep declines - wouldn’t recommend for someone with really bad knees. Took about 2 hours with several rest breaks. Great diversity of views - meadows like Sound of Music, streamside canopies. Would do it again, but do a little more stretching beforehand!

Sims pond loop is a nice short loop with minor elevation change. circles around the pond and under the brp, up across green knob and back to the parking lot. nice

super easy, super popular, beautiful views any season!

hiking
2 months ago

What seemed like forever to get to the top was well worth it! Easy well groomed walkway.

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