Bass Lake Running Trails (Blowing Rock): Head out to Bass Lake if you’re looking to get in some exercise and explore relatively flat terrain near Boone. There is a .08-mile loop around the lake that is easy. For a little for adventure on some steeper terrain, try the 3-mile side-trip through The Maze. To access, turn up the hill near the dam and wind your mystifying way around the confusing corkscrew of The Maze. When you reach the junction at the Apple Barn in 2.6 miles, turn left. At the next junction, at 2.8 miles, turn left there on the Deer Park Carriage Road and descend to the lake shore Bass Lake Trail at 3.3 miles. Head left there and it’s a 3.6 total mile hike back to your car at either the US 221 parking slip or the lakeshore Bass Lake Parking Area.
Directions from Boone: Take US-321 S/Blowing Rock Rd – Continue to follow US-321 S – Turn right onto US-221 S/US-321 BUS S/Main St – Turn right at SR 221 & Main Street – Turn right onto Bass Lake Dr.