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Hiking Trails & Fishing Spots- TROUT LAKE, Blowing Rock

Within 10 minutes of each other just outside of Blowing Rock are three beautiful man-made lakes: Price, Bass, and Trout Lakes. Arguably the most popular one is Bass Lake, with its level walking loop and myriad of waterfowl. Price Lake is known for its hiking trail and boating opportunities. And Trout Lake, the smallest of the three and hidden away in the Moses Cone Memorial Park, is much quieter and more serene.

The trail around Trout Lake is exactly a mile long, but because it meanders through the woods and narrows in sections, it feels longer. The trail here doesn’t follow the edge of the lake exactly, as Bass Lake does; rather, a portion follows the lake, a portion is suitable for fishing access, and the rest snakes back through the woods.

These are all the same trail around Trout Lake!

These are all the same trail around Trout Lake!

The majority of the trail is wide like the trail around Bass Lake, and suitable for horseback riding. That means that yes, you’ll have to watch out for smelly piles of poo! Navigate successfully around the piles and enjoy the scenery of the lake. If fishing is your recreation of choice, there are several places on the side of the lake near Flannery Fork Road that are ideal for that. Due to the dense forest vegetation, fly fishing is a bit challenging, but traditional fishers should have less to worry about.

My friend and avid fly-fisherman Jimmy L. tries his luck at Trout Lake

My friend and avid fly-fisherman Jimmy L. tries his luck at Trout Lake

Because Trout Lake is not as heavily trafficked as Bass and Price Lakes, there is more of an abundance of wildlife here. Besides the ubiquitous Canada Geese, we also spotted a beautiful chestnut colored doe and a blue heron. The doe scooted away before I had my camera ready, but I was able to capture the heron socializing with the geese.

Blue Heron and Canada Geese in Trout Lake

Blue Heron and Canada Geese in Trout Lake

The trail is very dog friendly, provided that your four-legged family members are kept on a leash so as not to disturb the wildlife. A nice feature of Trout Lake is that unlike its neighbor Bass Lake, there aren’t very many access points to the water, so hopefully your dog won’t feel the need to splash around. Trout Lake is very popular with walkers and joggers, due to its easy trail, but it is not handicap accessible all the way around. The portion of the trail furthest from the water is narrow and has exposed roots.

If you are looking for a peaceful stroll by a lake, or perhaps a new fishin’ spot, Trout Lake is an excellent place to be!

Beautiful serene Trout Lake

Beautiful serene Trout Lake

Where Is It?
The parking area for the lake is just off Shulls Mill Road. There is room at this paved lot for horse trailers, and the footpath down to the lake for walkers is easy to find from the parking area. There are also a few pull-off parking spaces off Flannery Fork Road to easier access the fishing sections.
From Blowing Rock Main Street, turn onto Highway 221 (at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant).

Drive about 1.5 mile and turn right onto Shulls Mill Road. You’ll see brown highway signs for this being the exit onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Almost immediately after turning onto the access road, take the first LEFT onto Shulls Mill Road. Go under the Parkway bridge and instantly after the bridge the road forks 3 ways. The far right fork (gravel) is Flannery Fork Road and the far left fork (paved) is Shulls Mill Road. Close to Shulls Mill is a small paved one-lane road and this is the access road to Trout Lake. I think there might be a small sign there too.
Follow this road to the parking area. (Be careful as you drive this part because part of the trail around the lake is also this driving road so there may be people.)
From the parking lot, there are two hiking trails (just a couple hundred feet) down to the trail.


Suitable For: 
All ages, and dogs too! Free to the public. No swimming, wading, or boating permitted.

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8 thoughts on “Hiking Trails & Fishing Spots- TROUT LAKE, Blowing Rock

  1. enticing!


    Posted by D Bair | June 30, 2013, 11:15 pm
  2. What kind of license do you need to fish lures on bass lake?


    Posted by Bob | August 25, 2014, 11:45 pm
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    Posted by Lures For Trout Fishing | October 1, 2014, 8:25 am
  4. I assume this means no kayaks on the lake?


    Posted by paul | August 28, 2015, 9:44 am


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