Friday, November 11, 2011

More Blowing Rock - Moses Cone Park

When we visited Blowing Rock a few weeks ago, in mid-October, one of the spots we visited was Moses Cone Memorial Park.

The 3000-acre park sits just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I have been going there as long as I can remember, since my first visit to the area in the late 60's or early 70's when I was a little girl.  It has not changed much since then.

The large white house sits atop a hill overlooking the most fantastic view.  Today the house is run by the Park Service and there is a very nice crafts shop inside.  You can purchase very nice handmade items from a variety of Guild members.

The house is quite nice, even today.

There are miles and miles of trails that eventually make there way down to the bottom, to a lake.  You can hike or ride horses.  No bikes - mountain or otherwise. 

The day we were there was lovely, very clear, but cold.  There was snow on Grandfather Mountain. You can barely see the lake at the bottom.

The Cone family was from Greensboro I believe, and was in the textile business.  Mr. Cone used the paths for carriage driving.  When I was a little girl, we would ride the horses over from Camp Yonahlossee and ride them all day, once a session.  I just remember how sore I was!  It was a lot of fun.  This is a great place to trail ride. 

Here is a photo of the barn.  It's not too big. 

It is such a lovely spot and am so thankful that the land was donated so that it did not become yet another development. 

Some views are priceless!

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