Moses Cone Park — Trout Lake Carriage Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."