Figure Eight Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

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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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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Blue Ridge Parkway
Distance: 0.3
Elevation Gain: 85 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 3,993 feet
Top Elevation: 4,029 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Figure Eight Trail
Parks: Blue Ridge Parkway
Elevation Min/Max: 3989/4029 ft
Elevation Start/End: 3993/3993 ft
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Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway

Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

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May 2018