Flat Top Mountain
Near: Blowing Rock, NC
Route: Flat Top Mountain Carriage Trail
Type: Out and Back
Distance: 6 miles
Conditions: Icy, snowy, cold
Impression: Though there was plenty of snow and wind and ice, this was a fun hike that wasn't too extreme...from Flannery Fork Road, i walked along Flat Top Mountain Carriage Trail for 3 miles until i reached the fire tower...temperatures near 15 degrees at best (with a windchill easily below zero) made this a hike i won't soon forget...from what i hear, the fire tower provides a tremendous look of the surrounding mountains, but all i saw were frozen tree top...maybe next time!
Directions to Trailhead:
Easily gotten to off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 294, just south of Blowing Rock, NC...