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Flat Top Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (25)

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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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

95%

Runnable

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

Runner Notes

Be sure to yield to horses. This area is used a lot for equestrians.

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 running!

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 run 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 25 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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May 18, 2019
Mike D
A soupy upper 60s Saturday night, after a rain. Carriage trails were in great shape 12mi
Oct 27, 2017
Tristan T
We went up to the Fire Tower and back for a total of 4.48 miles. 2.2mi — 0h 25m