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A beautiful meandering gravel path from Cone Manor to the top of Rich Mountain with multiple views along the way.


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Map Key

5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Point to Point

4,368' 1,331 m

High

3,757' 1,145 m

Low

612' 187 m

Up

220' 67 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Like all trails in Moses Cone, this trail is a wide, gravel path closed to traffic and open to foot traffic and horses. The trail has very gentle grades throughout, allowing for easy hiking.

This trail begins under the tunnel underpass at the Blue Ridge Parkway and drops down to the scenic Trout Lake, before starting a very gentle climb up to the top of Rich Mountain with multiple views along the way in mountain side meadows and at its semi-clear summit.

Contacts

Land Manager: Blue Ridge Parkway

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Brandon Thrower

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Photos

Autumn sunrise over Trout Lake in Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on MST Segment 5. Photo by Victor Ellison.
Apr 6, 2016 near Blowing…, NC
Tunnel
Oct 22, 2019 near Blowing…, NC
View near the summit of Rich Mountain.
May 15, 2019 near Foscoe, NC
View of distant mountains from the summit of Rich Mountain.
May 15, 2019 near Foscoe, NC

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Jul 5, 2023
eric pulaski
4.4mi — 2h 16m
Aug 2, 2020
Phil York
Fun, chill. Big frogs!
Jun 15, 2019
Brittnie Triplett
Summit is a great place to have a picnic and setup a hammock. 5mi
May 13, 2019
Jennifer Marquardt
The ascent was so gradual I barely noticed! 7.1mi
Oct 20, 2018
Dalana Parker
Sep 22, 2018
Drew Sigmon
Trout Lake out and back 4mi
May 25, 2018
Mike Atkins
Nov 6, 2017
Mike Atkins
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