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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
5.3 mls N/A N/A
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Elev. Gain:
2 hours and 15 minutes with 30 minutes of break
584 ft
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
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Park at Flat Top Manor. 36.14928, -81.69288

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

Any hike at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park packs many views into relatively easy terrain and mileage for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located just outside of Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this estate was donated to the National Park Service in 1949 after the death of Bertha Cone. Prior to being controlled by the NPS, Moses Cone and his wife retired to this estate building over 20 miles of carriage trails, three lakes, and an observation tower on the highest point in the estate, Flat Top Mountain.

Today the park is an excellent destination for hikers, horseback rides, and motorists. The carriage trails are all immaculately maintained and well-graded. None of the hikes in the park are difficult so it is perfect for the family and casual hikers. This hike starts at Flat Top Manor and winds through picturesque forest and fields for 2.6 miles to the observation tower on Flat Top Mountain. You will be treated to incredible views from a meadow near Cone Cemetery and 360° views from Flat Top Tower. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is an outstanding introduction to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the family.

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By: Marty & Family Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, August 4, 2017
Perfect for family of four (grown boys in their 20's) and two young dogs - both about a year old. Lots of friendly dog action on in the trail!

By: Barb and Orv Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The hike was terrific! We had awesome weather (temp in the low 60's) The view from the top was amazing! Everywhere we go in Moses Cone we just marvel at the construction. Our thanks to all the Cone family for giving us such a wonderful place!!

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