Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hiking Moses Cone

Easy to Moderate. The Moses Cone Park includes 25 miles of gently sloping carriage trails of varying lengths, available to hikers, joggers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. Most trails begin near the Moses Cone Manor.
My favorite trail is the Duncan Road and Deer Park Road. You can hike it all which is a 5.7 mile loop trial or just walk for a ways and turn back, depending on your activity level. The trial leads from the manor house and carriage barn west down a paved road to where the carriage road turns sharply left into the forest. As you curve into the gentle forest, the trail is wide enough for four people to walk at once. The trail is also used by horseback riders and you must pull over to the side to let them pass.You will pass the apple orchard and come to Bass Lake which you can see from the manor house above you. Once you reach Bass lake the trail follows around the body of water and turns back up through the forest to the manor house again. The incline is not steep but the duration can be tiring.
Milepost 294.0 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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