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In 1901, industrial magnate Moses H. Cone and his wife Bertha built a 20 room Colonial Revivalist mansion on Flat Top Mountain. Born to immigrants, Cone worked his way up from traveling peddler to a textile mogul, earning the moniker, “The Denim King.” A naturalist and conservationist, Cone planted extensive white pine forests and hemlock, built several lakes stocked with bass and trout, and planted a 10,000-tree apple orchard. Visit the Moses Cone Memorial Park to tour the mansion, hike the many carriage trails, fish in the lakes, and discover art at the Southern Highland Craft Guild. 

Please note: During 2021, the front porch is blocked off due to restoration work.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild shop and America’s National Parks are open but other areas inside the home will be closed. An information kiosk located near the carriage house will be staffed by rangers during normal business hours from May through September. This restoration project is being funded in part by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, a non-profit partner of the park. The Foundation has posted an overview of the renovation project on their YouTube channel.


Trails: Carriage Trails (see below)


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The Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trails

Enjoy 25 miles of beautiful carriage roads. Visit Cone Cemetery on your way to Flat Top Tower, where you will find stunning views. Explore the apple orchards, walk around Bass Lake, investigate the Maze and apple barn. Most trails are multi-purpose and open to horseback riders, joggers, hikers, and cross-country skiers. Please be  Help preserve these historic trails by staying on the designated paths and LEAVE NO TRACE.

Horseback riders on Rich Mountain Trail

Horseback Riding on Rich Mountain Trail

view of flat top manor from bass lake

View of Flat Top Manor from Bass Lake

flowers in meadow on flat top trail

Flat Top Mountain Trail

mountain view from flatop tower

View from Flat Top Tower

Rich Mountain Carriage Trail

MODERATE
3 miles (6 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash


Flat Top Mountain Carriage Trail

EASY
2.4 miles (4.8 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash


Watkins Carriage Trail

MODERATE
3.3 miles (6.6 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash


Black Bottom Carriage Trail

EASY
.5 mile (1 mile total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash

Bass Lake Carriage Trail

EASY
1.7 miles (3.4 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash


Deer Park Carriage Trail

MODERATE
.8 mile (1.6 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash


Maze Carriage Trail

MODERATE
2.3 miles (4.6 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash


Duncan Carriage Trail

MODERATE
2.5 miles (5 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash

 

Rock Creek Bridge Carriage Trail

EASY
1 mile (2 miles total, out and back)
Dogs allowed on leash


Figure 8 Trail Loop

EASY
.7 mile (loop)
Dogs allowed on leash


Trout Lake Carriage Trail Loop

EASY
1 mile (loop)
Dogs allowed on leash

The Southern Highland Craft Guild Store

On the first floor of Flat Top Manor, you’ll find exquisite handmade crafts from members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Enjoy seasonal craft demonstrations. Please note that at this time the store is open but is undergoing restoration.

June-October Hours: Open Daily from 10 am to 5 pm
November Hours: Open Wed-Sun from 10 am to 4 pm | Closed Thanksgiving | Last day of the season is November 28
CLOSED November 29-April 14
April Hours: Open April 15-30, Thurs-Sun from 10 am to 4 pm
May Hours: Open Wed-Sun from 10 am to 4 pm