Moses H Cone Memorial Park - Blowing Rock NC

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Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is one of the High Country's most expansive, historically rich and alluring destinations. Just outside of Blowing Rock NC, Moses Cone Manor National Park features 3,500 acres of pristine Blue Ridge Mountain Beauty. Offering Moses Cone Horse Riding along 25 miles of carriage trails, hiking, fishing and cross country skiing, the Cone Manor NC has something for everyone. Visit the Cone House and accompanying Parkway Craft Center operated by the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and experience "historic splendor at its finest."

Moses Cone was a multifaceted man; entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age who left his brother Caesar in Greensboro NC to run the family business, Cone Export and Commission Company, in order to build his dream home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the High Country. Joining the list of America's elite who were flocking to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the peace, beauty and health benefits, Moses Cone and his wife Bertha purchased 3,500 acres just north of Blowing Rock at the turn of the 20th century. The estate included Flat Top Mountain, 500 acres of farmland, and virgin forests of hardwoods and evergreens. The Cones got to work quickly and turned the Cone Manor NC into a wonderland featuring over 25 miles of smooth carriage trails for Bertha Cone, three lakes stocked with trout and bass, four orchards of over 35,000 apple trees, 20 milk cows and sheep, horse stables, rose gardens, barns, carriage and apple houses, bowling alley and carbide plant to provide gas and light to the manor. The Moses Cone House is nothing short of a work of art. Flat Top Manor is a 23-room, 13,000 square foot home, featuring large white columns, leaded glass widows, high dormers, and a grand sweep staircase made from one piece of cherry wood, all properties of classic Colonial Revival style. The lumber to build the home was hauled uphill by oxen from Lenoir North Carolina, the nearest train depot, 20 miles south of Blowing Rock. The result is a majestic home with sweeping long range views of the mountains and surrounding grandeur of the Cone Manor.

Bertha Cone bequeathed the Moses Cone Park to The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro NC. In 1950, the hospital gave the estate to the U.S. Government and visitors continue to delight in the splendor of the Cone Manor NC. For 2.5 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels through the Cone Estate, making the Moses Cone Park easily accessible from Blowing Rock and other High Country area. Admission is free with main attractions being the Flat Top Manor, Parkway Craft Center, featuring crafts from artisans spanning 9 states, and miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

The Craftman's Trail, one of eight hiking trails in the Moses Cone Park, is a 20-minute loop that the Cones walked each morning. Moses Cone Horse Riding, located on US 221 between the Parkway and Blowing Rock offers horses for rent by the hour or day, and trout and bass fishing on designated Wild Trout Water lakes. There is also seasonal cross country skiing. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Bear Den Campground, travel north approximately 35 miles and enjoy High Country beauty at its finest!


Visiting the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Hiking, Horseback riding, Fishing, Cross-country skiing
Operation Dates
The Park is open year-round. The Manor House is open spring through fall.
Manor House Craft Shop and Book Store
Blue Ridge Parkway between mile posts 292 and 295
Trail distance and configuration
25 miles of carriage trails for hiking and horses. Bikes are not allowed.
Bass Lake, 3,560' to Flat Top Mountain, 4,558'
Degree of Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Surface and blaze
No blazes but most are signed at trailheads and junctions. Trail floors are primarily crushed gravel.



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