Moses Cone Park — Trout Lake Carriage Trail

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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And now, for a different kind of mountain hiking experience; but first, a little history. Imagine being crazy rich from textile manufacturing and a lover of the outdoors in the 1800s—so you decide to buy several thousand acres along the Blue Ridge Escarpment, around Flat Top and Rich mountains, build a twenty-room summer place, and hire Gifford Pinchot, the “Father of American Forestry,” to fancy up your land a bit with more white pines, hemlock, sugar maples, rhododendrons, some apple orchards, and maybe clear a meadow or two. Then, so you can enjoy your spread, you create a 25-mile network of carriage trails. If you were the “Denim King” Moses H. Cone of Greensboro, that’s exactly what you’d do. Cone’s largess would eventually benefit the masses, as his private playground became part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

And now, for a different kind of mountain hiking experience; but first, a little history. Imagine being crazy rich from textile manufacturing and a lover of the outdoors in the 1800s—so you decide to buy several thousand acres along the Blue Ridge Escarpment, around Flat Top and Rich mountains, build a twenty-room summer place, and hire Gifford Pinchot, the “Father of American Forestry,” to fancy up your land a bit with more white pines, hemlock, sugar maples, rhododendrons, some apple orchards, and maybe clear a meadow or two.

Then, so you can enjoy your spread, you create a 25-mile network of carriage trails. If you were the “Denim King” Moses H. Cone of Greensboro, that’s exactly what you’d do. Cone’s largess would eventually benefit the masses, as his private playground became part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blowing Rock
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 338 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Moses Cone Park — Trout Lake Carriage Trail

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