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Bass Lake, part of the Moses Cone Memorial Park, houses some of the loveliest trails in the High Country.

Above: view of Bass lake

That’s why every fall, just after the leaves have abandoned the trees, Charles and I like to head out to the lake for a spirited walk.  This past Saturday was no exception.

We began our hike by circling the western side of the lake, pausing on our way to monitor a trio of brown-breasted ducks.  A formerly stocked fish pond, the lake is home to an array of bird life and it’s not uncommon to see ducks and Canadian geese paddling the lake year round.

After completing a half-circuit of the pond, we headed up one of the many carriage trails to the Apple Barn which is 0.5 miles from the lake. As we passed through, a friendly couple asked us to take their picture in front of the barn and we happily obliged.

After snapping a few photos, Charles and I headed back to the lake via the Maze trail which is 2.1 miles in length. This multipurpose trail is frequented by joggers, walkers, and horse-back riders almost year round.  The trail is gravel-covered and easy to walk, so feel free to leave those bulky hiking boots behind.

Above: view of Apple Barn from Maze Trail

Hike It: For more information about the Moses Cone Park and trail systems, please visit the following websites: CNY Hiking.com, Blue Ridge Parkway Guide & Moses Cone Memorial Park.

Entry by Lori Beth

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