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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
9.0 mls N/A
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
4 hours and 30 minutes with 45 minutes of breaks
853 ft
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Park at Cone Manor. 36.14957, -81.69228

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

The hike to Rich Mountain is the quieter, longer alternative to the popular Flat Top Tower hike in Moses Cone Memorial Park. After enjoying the views of Bass Lake from Cone Manor, you’ll head west towards the less-visited corner of this beautiful park. First you’ll hike halfway around Trout Lake, the smaller of two lakes built by Moses Cone more than a century ago. The Rich Mountain Carriage Road then winds uphill around a meadow before splitting into a loop around the summit of Rich Mountain. Along this loop and the twisting trail to the summit you’ll get views of the lower elevations of the park, Flat Top Mountain, and Grandfather Mountain. Moses Cone was a huge fan of stonework, and it is obvious as you approach the highest point. On the way back you’ll loop around the other side of Trout Lake before returning to the parking lot. Rich Mountain is a peaceful leg stretcher through high elevation meadows and much easier than the mileage indicates.

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