Figure Eight Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Elevation Gain85ft
Trailhead Elevation3,993ft
Elevation Min/Max3989/4029ft
Elevation Start/End3993/3993ft

Figure Eight Trail

Figure Eight Trail is a hiking trail in Watauga County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 3,993 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 85 feet. The Cone Manor museum is near the trailhead.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"This intriguingly designed trail explores a Northern-type forest that characterizes the 3,500-acre Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, one of the Parkway’s best places to pause. On this interpretive trail, hikers walk away with a sense of the local woods and Moses Cone (1857–1908), the industrialist whose estate became part of the Parkway. This very easy hike should be your first walk in Moses Cone Park. Even if you’re not the artsy type, at least briefly explore the craft center in the Manor House (or save it for later) and take in Mr. and Mrs. Cone’s favorite path, the one they shared with guests. It gives a real sense of their world—often in the evocative wording of plaques that introduce you to the forest and the culture of the mountaineers who were the couple’s neighbors." Read more

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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Blue Ridge Parkway
USGS Blowing Rock; Parkway map available in season at Cone Manor House/Parkway Craft Center and online at
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