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Flat Top Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (23)

The best bang for your buck in Moses Cone Park with excellent views throughout and at the Flat Top Fire Tower.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Point to Point

4,553' 1,388 m

High

3,978' 1,212 m

Low

580' 177 m

Up

5' 1 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Grades are mostly gentle, and the paths are wide here, making it a great place for youngsters to explore!

Description

Like all trails in Moses Cone Park, this trail is a gravel surfaced carriage road that was originally meant for Moses Cone and his family to ride in their horse-drawn carriage to various sites on the property. This means the trail/gravel paths are closed to cars and make for great hiking!

This gravel trail begins at the underpass tunnel under the parkway and makes a gentle climb (albeit maybe the steepest in Moses Cone) up to spectacular views from mountain meadows and the Flat Top Fire Tower. A must hike if you're in the High Country.

Flora & Fauna

Grasses, oaks, maples and wildflowers in the summer.

Contacts

Land Manager: Blue Ridge Parkway

Shared By:

Brandon Thrower with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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  4.4 from 23 votes

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Photos

Tower at the top.
Oct 22, 2019 near Blowing…, NC
View, looking down at the Outlet Mall in Blowing Rock.
Oct 22, 2019 near Blowing…, NC
Mountain Meadow
Jul 19, 2020 near Blowing…, NC
Grandfather Mountain as the clouds clear
Sep 26, 2020 near Blowing…, NC
Long Range View of Grandfather Mtn.
Jul 19, 2020 near Blowing…, NC
Tunnel
Oct 22, 2019 near Blowing…, NC

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Jan 4, 2021
Drew Sigmon
5mi — 2h 05m
Oct 22, 2020
Brian L
4.8mi
Sep 26, 2020
Drew Sigmon
5.8mi — 2h 00m
Jul 18, 2020
Michael Smith
Jul 18, 2020
Paolo Jacobs
Beautiful long range views of Grandfather Mtn from trail early on. this one will test your cardio on the ascent 2.4mi
Jan 12, 2020
Leatha Honeycutt
Sep 21, 2019
Leatha Honeycutt
Sep 7, 2019
Deneise White
Great out and back perfect for a morning hike,, 4.9mi