Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
4.5
Historic Sites • Equestrian Trails
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The home and grounds of textile manufacturer Moses Cone.
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IslandzGirl
Gainesville, FL965 contributions
Pretty vistas. Nothing special.
Jul 2021 • Couples
Home closed for renovations. The park service rangers are friendly for questions. Guessing only 1 seat in ladies restroom as I did not wait behind 8 ladies at 11am on a Wed. Same views as anywhere else around Blowing Rock, Bass Lake or Blue Ridge Parkway.
Written July 31, 2021
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Johanna J
Durham, NC18 contributions
Great trail walk for families
Jul 2021
Our family of four (kids 12 & 15) was looking for a scenic hike that wasn't too strenuous. We discovered the Flat Top trail on the Moses Cone grounds and were not disappointed. It is a free 4.8 mile hike/walk (out and back) on a well-maintained small gravel trail. The trail was and is still used by horses (with and without carriages) to traverse the grounds, so we passed a few horses while on our walk. It is a steady climb for 2.4 miles that ends at an old fire tower. The fire tower can be climbed for a 360-degree view. We all climbed the steps to the top and the view was lovely, but we were not comfortable hanging out at the top for very long. Then, a steady descent back to the parking lot and Flat Top Manor house. My favorite part was ~1 mile from the parking lot when you come to an open field of wildflowers and blowing hay. There were butterflies, birds, crickets and rolling hills with terrific views of the mountains in the background. The sounds were soothing and the views were beautiful there. It felt like we were in a movie scene like the Sound of Music! Off this open field area you could venture on a short trail extension that leads to a crest where the Moses Cone cemetery is located, but we opted to skip that detour. Dogs are allowed on leashes if that's of interest to some folks. Most of the hike is under a tree canopy, so you're not exposed to strong sun (except the open field area) and there are a couple spots where you can take in a great view of the mountains along the covered part of the trail. Overall, a total win for our family. We weren't sure if we should call it a hike or a walk since it's on a gravel path that doesn't require one to watch for rocks, roots or poison ivy...just watch out for piles of horse manure. There's a restroom and a ranger info station at the start of the trail and the parking lot is right there, so it's easily accessible and you can get any questions answered right at the start. That said, our ranger said the walk was a little over 6 miles...we logged our workout with our Apple watches and it recorded exactly 5 miles. We had read online that the trail was 4.8 miles. Either way, it's not 6+ miles.
Written July 8, 2021
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Bette B
6 contributions
Lots of great paths for hiking
Jun 2021
The manor is being renovated currently but the giftshops are open. We enjoy the surrounding grounds and hiking opportunities. Paths are kept clean and walkable.
Written June 20, 2021
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EvanGuthrie
Charleston, SC7,259 contributions
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Apr 2021 • Couples
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Blowing Rock is a beautiful and well maintained park with great views and trails. I like the history and the story of the house and the park. This is well worth a stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the view alone and much more.
Written May 3, 2021
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Taffada
Carrboro, NC110 contributions
Storybook views and deluxe trails
Apr 2021
This place is a dream come true for those of us who appreciate perfectly maintained, wide trails with storybook gorgeous views.

Extensive network of what I'll call deluxe trails (wide, perfectly maintained surface, well marked).

Don't miss it! It's a must see.
Written April 20, 2021
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cornwell
Lincolnton, NC6 contributions
Walk around bass lake couldn't be better in late afternoon.
Apr 2021
Pretty little .7 mile walk around lake with pup. Ducks, fishing, restrooms, parking, clean, easy access from Blowing Rock.
Written April 15, 2021
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Nancy J
Boone, NC5 contributions
Overused
Jul 2020 • Friends
Tons of people with lunging dogs and wild children climbing up the banks and throwing rocks at the ducks. Nice paths if they were not covered in horse poop, but busy with people who have no trail manners.
Written March 8, 2021
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MK_traveler_from_FL
Orlando, FL65 contributions
Love Rich mountain trail at Moses Cone Park.
Dec 2020
I have hiked multiple trails at Moses Cone Park and love the area. My favorite trail is Rich Mountain. It is a well paved path and has beautiful mountain views. I frequently see other hikers and joggers on this trail. If you love the outdoors and walking/hiking, I recommend Moses Cone Park.
Written December 30, 2020
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Bryan E
Boone, NC1 contribution
Memorable
Nov 2020 • Friends
As a part time resident, don’t let the impressive Moses Cone manor think this is just a house tour. It’s not, this is an amazing maze of horse carriage wide hiking trails with “alps” like vistas, and switchback trails down to bass lake which is akin to Golden Pond. Pack a picnic, bring your dog, and enjoy an afternoon hike that will make you want to come back over and over...
Written December 17, 2020
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Floridamom2601
Fort Lauderdale, FL12 contributions
Great Hiking!
Dec 2020 • Couples
The house is not currently open to the public. It is undergoing some much needed renovation. The history , though, is well worth your time...But the trails! 💕 My husband and I hiked two separate days at this park during our recent visit to the area. The carriage roads are wonderful with intriguing points of interest. There is a trail here for everyone. On our first day we hiked to the cemetery and on up to the observation tower with amazing views!! We came back another day to hike to the trout Lake. This was an entirely different hike with different views and also very enjoyable. There is enough hiking trails here to do a completely different route/hike for a week or more. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.
Written December 16, 2020
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