Best nature trips trails in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Map of nature trips trails in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Top trails (16)
#1 - Flat Top Mountain Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
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.Show more
#2 - Glen Burney Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
This trail is easy going to the falls, and is mostly flat and downhill. Watch the footing, as there are a lot of exposed roots and rocks that can catch a foot. Visible houses along the first half of the trail, but this is to be expected being so close to downtown Blowing Rock. Show more
#3 - Green Knob Loop
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Little traveled trail with two entrances off the Blue Ridge Parkway that includes Sims Creek as well as Sims Pond.Show more
#4 - Price Lake Loop Trail
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 56 m
Beautiful walk around a mountain lake, lots of obvious beaver activity. The Price Lake Loop Trail circles a beautiful mountain lake. This is a good hike for anyone due to the short distance and flat terrain. Some areas of the trail may be muddy after winter snows or spring rains. From the Price Lake Overlook, go to the left over the bridge. Follow the trail into the woods. As you walk around the lake you'll notice a lot of beaver sign on the surrounding trees. The muddy areas on the trail near the back of the lake are also a result of the beavers work. Continue following this easy, flat trail around the lake. You'll walk through a nice campground area as you return back to the parking area. Show more
#5 - Rich Mountain Carriage Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
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.Show more
#6 - Bass Lake Loop Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
This is a very family friendly walking trail in Blowing Rock North Carolina. It is part of the Moses Cone Memorial Park Trail system. The hike is about one mile in length but is a beautiful walk around the lake during any season. This hiking trail is a great stretch your legs type of hike after you have been driving in the car all day. Pets are welcomed on this trail but must be on a leash.Show more
#7 - Cone Manor to Bass Lake Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
#8 - Grandfather Mountain via Daniel Boone Scout Trail and Grandfather Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 6 h 47 m
#9 - Trout Lake Loop Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#10 - Trout Lake Carriage Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
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